Some Killington History

joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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Earliest opening: Oct 1: Season: 1997-8; 1993-4; 1992-3
Latest closing: June 22: Season: 1996-7 (Close 2nd: June 21: Season 1983-4)
Most days open: 246: 1983-4

So this season is not a record season in any of those categories!

Season: Open – Close / Lift serviced Days 
 2012/2013 October 13**
 2011/2012 October 29 – April 22 / 176
 2010/2011 November 2 – May 1 / 179
 2009/2010 November 7 – April 25 / 153
 2008/2009 November 2 – May 2 / 169
 2007/2008 November 16 – April 20 / 157
 2006/2007 November 23 – May 6 / 165
 2005/2006* October 29* – May 1 / 166
 2004/2005 November 9 – May 15 / 188
 2003/2004 November 10 – May 12 / 184
 2002/2003 October 25 – May 26 / 204
 2001/2002 November 6 – June 1 / 202
 2000/2001 October 29 – May 27 / 202
 1999/2000 October 25 – May 29 / 205
 1998/1999 October 22 – May 25 / 204
 1997/1998 October 1 – May 25 / 205
 1996/1997 October 4 – June 22 / 233
 1995/1996 October 17 – June 10 / 224
 1994/1995 October 3 – June 4 / 214
 1993/1994 October 1 – June 9 / 243
 1992/1993 October 1 – June 1 / 229
 1991/1992 October 21 – June 14 / 226
 1990/1991 October 27 – May 28 / 214
 1989/1990 October 10 – May 28 / 208
 1988/1989 October 13 – May 21 / 211
 1987/1988 October 12 – June 1 / 227
 1986/1987 October 10 – June 3 / 224
 1985/1986 October 1- June 3 / 224
 1984/1985 November 3 – June 2 / 212
 1983/1984 October 20 – June 21 / 246
 1982/1983 October 17 – June 16 / 240
 1981/1982 October 20 – June 15 / 225
 1980/1981 October 14 – May 27 / 226
 1979/1980 October 10 – May 23 / 221
 1978/1979 October 16 – May 22 / 219
 1977/1978 October 24 – May 23 / 195
 1976/1977 October 27 – May 15 / 201
 1975/1976 October 30 – May 5 / 173
 1974/1975 October 19 – May 12 / 190
 1973/1974 November 5 – April 30 / 177
 1972/1973 October 20 – April 15 / 184
 1971/1972 November 9 – May 18 / 192
 1970/1971 November 18 – May 21 / 184
 1969/1970 October 24 – May 4 / 178
 1968/1969 November 9 – May 10 / 183
 1967/1968 November 5 – April 7 / 154
 1966/1967 November 4 – May 2 / 180

Comments

  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
    Posts: 1,028
    interesting!  thanks for posting  
  • Posts: 1,871
    Very interesting!
    - Sam
  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    edited May 2015 Posts: 745

    December 13th, 1958 (my dad's 24th birthday) was Killington's first day of operation.


    I skied on 10/2/92 and opening day on 10/1/93, those are my two earliest ski days ever at Killington.

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

  • marcskimarcski advanced
    edited May 2015 Posts: 203
    image

    Whether they set any records or not, I must give kudos where they are due. The Beast is most definitely back in full force this year. My little one and I just had the most amazing weekend at Killington. One of the best spring skiing weekends ever.







  • TomWhiteTomWhite advanced
    Posts: 404
    My first of three June 1 days was 1983. I see that was only the second year they went into June. The first two were with the double chair and midstation on the peak, the last was on Super Star.
  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    edited May 2015 Posts: 745

    I skied June 1st, 1985 on Downdraft/Cascade and June 1st 1994 and June 5th 1994 on Superstar

    I remember skiing Downdraft on Memorial Day weekend in 1990 and the trail report said: walking trail, caution some skiing may be required.

    ;))

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

  • Posts: 1,871
    sugarloaf said:

    I skied June 1st, 1985 on Downdraft/Cascade and June 1st 1994 and June 5th 1994 on Superstar

    I remember skiing Downdraft on Memorial Day weekend in 1990 and the trail report said: walking trail, caution some skiing may be required.

    ;))
    I wish they still opened trails like that! ;))
    - Sam
  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    Posts: 745

    sugarloaf said:

    I skied June 1st, 1985 on Downdraft/Cascade and June 1st 1994 and June 5th 1994 on Superstar

    I remember skiing Downdraft on Memorial Day weekend in 1990 and the trail report said: walking trail, caution some skiing may be required.

    ;))
    I wish they still opened trails like that! ;))
    It was a tongue in cheek snow report, but at that point you had to walk down the Cascade Headwall to the snow on Downdraft and from the snow to the Killington Double Mid-station. All this for about 3-5 minutes worth of skiing.

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    edited May 2015 Posts: 745

    Some pictures from 10/2/92:


    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

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  • Posts: 887
    One of the best days of skiing I ever had was at Killington in mid-February 1986. 13 inches had fallen the night before and the sky was a pristine blue that next morning. The view was so clear that it was said that both Lake Champlain (I think; 29 years ago was a long time) and Montreal could be seen waaaay off in the distance from Killington Peak. Stratton and Ascutney sure looked good that day from the peak!
  • Posts: 1,871
    I wish I was able these extreme early/late season skiing, but I'm usually just too busy. :(
    - Sam
  • Posts: 887
    I miss the Northeast. Time to head back to Vermont, it seems!
  • kappcity06kappcity06 advanced
    Posts: 152

    any wiki editors out there care to update?

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killington_Ski_Resort

    Snow and season length[edit]

    Killington averages 250 inches (6.4 m) of natural snow each winter. That, coupled with a snowmaking system that covers 71% of the trails, has allowed Killington to offer what is often the longest skiing season in eastern North America, typically lasting from October to May.[citation needed] Killington had a reputation for being the first ski area every season in the Eastern United States to open, as well as the last to close, although in recent years the length of the season has begun to shorten. For example, in the 15 years between 1986 and 2001, the resort opened in October in every year but one, and never closed earlier than May 21. But in the five years ending in 2011, opening day has always been in November, and closing day has never made it past May 6.[13]

     

    My heart bleeds for winter.
  • steamboat1steamboat1 advanced
    edited May 2015 Posts: 250

    Killington averages 250 inches (6.4 m) of natural snow each winter. 

    197" this year, well below average. Snow making fire power coupled with prolonged cold temps this winter helped immensely getting to this point.

    Prolonged warm weather this May definitely hurt longevity. Warm sunny weekends definitely helped business. Good for them.
  • newpylongnewpylong advanced
    Posts: 483
    sugarloaf said:

    Some pictures from 10/2/92:


    Love it. I miss the old red trail signs!

    In October they would frequently give you blankets at the bottom of the double, and there were still mountain bikers up there!
  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    Posts: 745

    10/1/93:



    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

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  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
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    This has to be my favorite Killington picture from 10/2/92

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

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  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
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    10/1/93 - 6/5/94 was my longest season at Killington.

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    Posts: 745
    Upper Cascade 10/1/93

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

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  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    Posts: 745
    I skied the May 1st 1994 Slalom at Killington. !994 started out cold and snowy and April/May where cold and cloudy. Killington had 62 trails opened on May 1st, 1994 with the slalom held on Upper Bunny Buster.

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

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  • sugarloafsugarloaf expert
    Posts: 745
    I skied Killington on June 1st, 1994 and this was my first June ski day on Superstar. The skiing was nearly TTB with a short walk at the top and bottom to the lift.

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

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