Killington 2016-7

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  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    edited May 29 Posts: 1,804
    MadPatSki said:

    My guess is they stay closed until Friday. Forecast is terrible

    There is an opening in the forecast for Thursday, I expect if there is enough snow, they will open on Thursday and might be the last time...we'll know by Wednesday afternoon.
    Thursday looks like an OK weather day as of this AM.

    To ciscokid: Assuming that June 1 materializes: 125 days, 2.4 million vertical, 115 lift-serviced. 
  • ChuckstahChuckstah advanced
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    ciscokid said:

    Chuckstah said:

    The bumps win today. Beat me silly. 5 pm closing time picimage

    Nice picture Chuck
    Thanks!  Just noticed it made the home screen top left pic.  And was rotated properly.  Something I couldn't do!
  • ski_itski_it expert
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    Nice pic. Again it is weird  that I just logged in on a PC and the old home screen pic is up. Until I click refresh after I saw your post. Then voila, Superstar!
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  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
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    webcam shows cat on the hill working on the "s" narrows. 6:30am Wed
  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
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    skiers on it now. Likely mt. ops checking snow  9:40 am Wed
  • shprideshpride intermediate
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    The lift is running as well.
  • MadPatSkiMadPatSki intermediate
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    Here it is this folks...one last post for one last day of lift serve skiing in the East

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  • obienickobienick expert
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    Killington announced they'll be open June 1, which will be the final day of the season.
  • djspookmandjspookman advanced
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    FREE skiing tomorrow, as it's the last day:  http://www.killington.com/site/mountain/conditions/dor
  • obienickobienick expert
    edited May 31 Posts: 938
    From Killington's home page:

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    Looking like you'll have to walk down the headwall and to the lift.  And at least one opening may occur (at the breakover to Preston's Pitch and at the "S").  Killington won't push snow.

    Can someone explain the issue of the "S"? A lot more effort went to making a bigger snowpack there. Is there a spring or something?
  • djspookmandjspookman advanced
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    obienick said:


    Looking like you'll have to walk down the headwall and to the lift.  And at least one opening may occur (at the breakover to Preston's Pitch and at the "S").  Killington won't push snow.

    Can someone explain the issue of the "S"? A lot more effort went to making a bigger snowpack there. Is there a spring or something?
    I'll let you know tomorrow when I return from there ;)
    I'll be on my beater tele-sticks
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    I'll be there June 1, too.
  • riverc0ilriverc0il advanced
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    They closed last year with a LOT less coverage, bummer they won't go for the weekend. Last year, I think there were at least 6 portages if you didn't want to ski grass. Two of those portages involved down hiking the final pitch which is quite steep. I can't complain, last year they closed with free skiing and this year they are also opening the lifts for the final day. Bummed they won't give the weekend a go as I can't abandon work tomorrow. No worries though, I'll be hiking this weekend.


    :D
  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
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    Looks nicely groomed this morning....will be fun
  • djspookmandjspookman advanced
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    shoot.. last minute plans say I can't go today. Have fun and get it if you can folks!
  • shprideshpride intermediate
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    Heading up now. I hope there's still snow left by the afternoon when I get there :D
  • ski_itski_it expert
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    Have fun. I agree Rivercoil, look at my often posted June 94 pics...much less snow. At least it is free today. What were they charging before this? It was $25 in 94 IIRC.imageimage
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  • bubblecufferbubblecuffer advanced
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    I was there on June 1 of 94.  :D
  • shprideshpride intermediate
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    Great time today! Except for top and bottom there are no breaks. Its is getting a little light in spots though
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  • newpylongnewpylong expert
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    They made 6/1, got the marketing hype, time to call it. I wouldn't burn diesel to repair the hill, or spin the lift any longer either.
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
    edited June 2 Posts: 1,804
    I've seen them open in the past with a lot more portage on the way down.  There were a few bony spots, but otherwise a really good day.  If they wanted to be open through the weekend, they could easily have pulled it off.

    That being said, this AM the line was so long that they opened the lift at 8:45.  All 250 free T-shirts were gone by 8:55.  By 9:30 there was no crowd at the lift.  A lot of people were "one-and-done".

    From the top they actually provided ropes by which to rappel the headwall, but most walked.  It was muddy and slippery.  I fell three times.

    The scariest part was making the first turn and hoping that no one would do it at the same time.  Once clear of the top, the way down was groomed and lovely in the AM.  By 11AM, the thin covered areas began to get really bony.

    I'm sure that they made positive cash flow for the day.  While they didn't charge for lift tickets the food and drink were selling at a good clip.

    Congrats to Killington in general and to Mike Solimano in particular for providing Oct. to Jun. skiing.
  • shprideshpride intermediate
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    This is the view leaving town
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  • MadPatSkiMadPatSki intermediate
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    I was there on June 1 of 94.  :D

    I was there... June 1 1992 to 1997 and 2017.

    By far the worst coverage was June 1 1993...most of the flats didn't any snow and it made for a long walk.

    Being them, I wouldn't have open past today, the pitch was breaking at a few places + what the forecast for the next few days (rain, rain and rain).. They made it June which has been a objective for the last few seasons. They tried to stretch it out as long as possible in recent years to try to make it to June which made for pretty sketchy last days.
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  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    MadPatSki said:

    I was there on June 1 of 94.  :D

    ... + what the forecast for the next few days (rain, rain and rain).. They made it June which has been a objective for the last few seasons. They tried to stretch it out as long as possible in recent years to try to make it to June which made for pretty sketchy last days.
    Agree.  I suspect if the forecast was for a bluebird weekend, they would have pushed it through the weekend.  There will be people earning turns on some of the deeper snow-covered sections for weeks to come.

  • ChuckstahChuckstah advanced
    edited June 3 Posts: 348
    Fun day at K yesterday. Good cover early, with ever thinning bony spots late. Out from before 9 til a bit after 4 with lots of food and beverage breaks. Free t shirt was a nice bonus. Here are a couple pics including one of our self described crazy Canadian Madpatski, with the King of Spring in the background. imageimageimageimage
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  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    Slalom skiing after the lift shut down at Killington: Link. Pretty cool stuff!
  • joshua_segaljoshua_segal expert
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    mtsnow123 said:

    Slalom skiing after the lift shut down at Killington: Link. Pretty cool stuff!

    This is the "Redneck Racing" group.  They produced a similar video at Stowe a few weeks after they closed.  The skier is Robby Kelley.
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    mtsnow123 said:

    Slalom skiing after the lift shut down at Killington: Link. Pretty cool stuff!

    This is the "Redneck Racing" group.  They produced a similar video at Stowe a few weeks after they closed.  The skier is Robby Kelley.
    Yes! Saw that one as well. They were ripping up Liftline.
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