Killington 5/26/2018

I finally got the opportunity to ski closing day at Killington! I arrived shortly after 8:00 and moguls had not yet formed when I got on the slopes. At the start of the day, it was possible to ski the headwall, but there were rocks which were impossible to avoid, and as the day wore on, almost all snow on the headwall melted away. After skiing the headwall once, I hiked down the muddy headwall for every other run. The upper part of Superstar had great cover and still deep base depths. About half way down, was a choke-point which became a gap later in the day, but removing skis was not needed. A little further down was another choke-point which had been worked by the snowcat. This had good cover at the start of the day, but as the snow got spread around, the lack of base underneath meant you often hit rocks in that section. The S-Curve was not full width, but wasn't very narrow either and was in pretty good shape. The wide last pitch also still had an excellent base. There were lots of people, but the required walking kept everyone spread out and lines were never too long even though they were only loading two per chair and running it at a slower speed because it was walk-on, walk-off. It was a great experience and they really lucked out weather-wise with mostly sunny skies and temperatures in the 70s for closing day. View from Parking LotimageSuperstar ExpressimageLower SuperstarimageThe S-CurveimageLower SuperstarimageSuperstar ExpressimageTop of the Headwall Early in the DayimageUpper SuperstarimageThe Headwall Early in the DayimageUpper SuperstarimageUpper SuperstarimageSuperstarimageMe on SuperstarimageSuperstarimageThe S-Curve and Lower SuperstarimageUpper SuperstarimageLower Superstarimage
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- Sam

Comments

  • Sorry if that post is a bit messy, formatting doesn't seem to be working.
    - Sam
  • If anyone ever wondered about the ess-curve everyone talks about with late season skiing at Killington, your first image really captures it. That being said: The additional snow they made and some of the landscaping improvements really forestalled its appearance this season.
  • Thanks for the report. I had every intention of going today, but my balky knee was just to sore the last few days for the drive, and especially the down hiking to ski. It looks like there is enough snow to stay open for the remainder the weekend, if K desired, as I've certainly skied on much less snow on Memorial day in the past. I'm planning to hike the S next Friday, if the knee is up for it. And the S is nicely formed, much later than usual, as Joshua stated.
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