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The State Of Skiing In Killington November Report

Will Killington make their World Cup Deadline? This is the State of Skiing in Killington, November Report

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Photo by Basin Ambassador Trish

Winter started off with a bang this season with an opening day of October 19th. Since then The State Of Skiing In Killington has well really just gotten sweeter. We started as usual on the North Ridge and walked the catwalk both ways to access skiable terrain. Soon after we were skiing down and only walking back up. Confirmed for Wednesday too we’ll be skiing top to bottom as well. Which is great for me who’s been hesitant to get out there and get those turns. Maybe I’m spoiled, maybe I’m still daydreaming about summer. Either way skiable terrain is expanding rapidly with no real end to this momentum in site.

Turning over to the south side of the mountain, World Cup preparations have been moving along swimmingly. We were worried for a second there when it poured rain for two days. But that worry was quickly put to bed by 6-8″ inches of snow. Definitely 6 inches by the steps of Basin Sports, 8″ most likely up on the mountain. Since then temps have stayed cold and below freezing. I was going to say bitterly cold but if you were around this last December when it was -20 for two weeks its well hard to call anything bitterly cold anymore- we’re seasoned Vermonters after all. But I’m getting of subject here. On Superstar yesterday they began crushing snow. This is part of two reason- one, there’s a lot of snow already made on Superstar and it’s time to push it down and measure snow depths. Number two is more important in that today (Monday, November 12, 2018) marked inspection day by the FIS. Slopes had to be looking good to get the green light to host the Women’s World Cup this Thanksgiving.

So far so good and everything looks in tip-top shape. If you were planning on skiing this upcoming weekend be worry free about walking because we won’t have to do that anymore. Keep in mind that pretty much until Christmas that we’re still in early-season conditions and generally blue to black terrain. Remember the season gets better and better from here and that there’s a lot of early season hype so far. Now get off your phone or computer and go shred!

The State Of Skiing In Killington November Report
Photo by Basin Ambassador Trish

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Killington Snow Report March 1, 2018

Rob Kovalesky (KMAN) Snow Report from the last few days of skiing.

The Triple Play at K in the Killington Snow Report.

Closing out February with the third consecutive day of sunshine, lollipops, and rainbows on the slopes.

Killington Snow Report March 1, 2018

Oh, what a feeling! Bluebird sunny day @ K.  Snow guns blasting in strategic locations was a welcome sight. Great to witness the Resort’s commitment to resurfacing for the enjoyment of guests arriving later in the week/weekend.

The Opening Bell at Bear was delightful. SPQ up to first run on a perfectly groomed Bittersweet top to bottom. A fellow local skier was grinning ear to ear, saying his best run all season of 14 Days.  I thought I was soaring down a pristine slope at Deer Valley.  Truly an out of the body- like experience.  Superstar was also in tip-top condition. An exhilarating run in the sun under azure blue sky was inspiring. Skyelark, High Road, Wild Fire got the adrenaline equally flowing.

You need to arrange to come up this weekend to experience the mountain’s transformation from last week. Truly amazing and a great way to welcome March.

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Basin sports is the premier mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding, and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports is taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website, basinski.com, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around

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Snowmaking Update: November 4, 2017

Killington Snowmaking Update: November 4, 2017

Snowmaking Update

In the latest Killington Snowmaking Update for November, Killington flexes it’s muscles in an impressive display this morning . With a blast of warm weather this past week and a little bit of rain, the snowmaking efforts from last week were thwarted and the Resort has to start pretty much from scratch. But temps hung in the upper 30’s in the valley making for excellent snowmaking temps on the slopes. We predict, and yes this is just a prediction that we could be skiing by midweek and definitely skiing this weekend. On the upper mountain temperatures look conducive for snowmaking in the evening for the next week.  In the first photo it even looks like there could have been a hint of “a la natural” up top- it could just be blowover too. First to open will be Rime and Reason followed by top to bottom off Snowden. As predicted, we suspected a slower than usual start to the season with a long spring.

See you on the slopes!

Killington Snowmaking Update


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Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New

Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New

 Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New

 

Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New, means now’s the best time to try biking. The weather is nice and the trails are in good shape. Right now Killington Resort has taken progressive mountain biking to the next level. For some there are the advanced jump trails to play on. For others, they just need a smooth gentle trail to progress their skills.

Though Killington is expanding and their base of operations is growing, we are too. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes from us at Basin Sports. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes with less use and more availability. And it’s not just for adults either. Kids can rent full suspension mountain bikes so they can rip it up as well.

All right, promo pitch is over, back into the reason why Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New is so great. Once a Mountain Biker, always a mountain biker. It’s an addicting sport. From the youngens to the seniors everyone is giving it a go. I write a weekly summer editorial for the local newspaper, the Mountain Times and my most recent editorial really highlights why we do what we do and why you should try it.

Enjoy-

Tails From The Trails

By Ariel Kent

 

Its 7AM it’s cool, dark and calm and only the sounds to be heard are the chirping birds and the steady breathing as I peddle uphill. Waking up at the crack of dawn is how I get saddle time in. Waking up early, before lifts are spinning and before people are really awake is how I enjoy my mornings. It’s really the only way I can get saddle time in on the bike especially since I work full time.

So it’s 7AM, I’m at Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and I’m pedaling up the long ascent to enjoy the views, nature and the amazing trail network there. Since lifts started spinning and since I crashed a few weeks ago I haven’t been putting the saddle time in I need. The saddle time that will make me a better rider when using the lifts.

To some riding every morning at this hour seems idiotic, psychotic, crazy. To me it’s just habit, it’s life, it’s what makes me find my inner zen. Sometimes I’ll run into another rider out there- most times it’s just me and nature. I push through pain- pain of pushing myself. Pain from crashes that I now attempt to recover from. Pain is what keeps me awake at this hour- pain is part of trail riding and what makes me a better rider in the end.

Once at the top of this 5 mile climb the pain subsides, my breathing relaxes and I take a moment to enjoy a cliff bar and a few sips of my Gatorade concoction. Then I get back on the bike and head down the mountain. By this point it’s 8AM and I have to make my way back down because I have to be at work for 9. This is my tail from the trails, this is my normal routine and is what I consider fun because In the end I’m not only going to be able to have fun on my bike but ride longer, pedal harder and push further.

 

Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New


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Killington Snow Report- SKIING ON SUNDAY!!!

Good morning skiers and riders,

If you haven’t heard yet, we’re skiing tomorrow and this Killington Snow Report is more of a Stoke Report.  Put down the coffee, put down the tea and listen, because we’re dead serious. The Killington Snow Report means skiing and riding tomorrow at 10AM on Rime and Reason ( I hope you haven’t been sitting on your ass these past few weeks) where we’ll be hiking the stairway to heaven to get in some turns. From my previous assessment last week and based on Killington’s official snow report we’re still skiing on the early season trails. Further assessment, as I drove into work today suggests that if temps cooperate we’ll be skiing down and only hiking up by weeks end.

Yep, if you watched that video you can guess that it might be snowing and if you’re wondering, that’s my typical ski bum reaction when it snows (I know I’m not the only one). I’d try and get you guys a photo of this awesome onslaught of white but it’s pretty socked in up there so you won’t see much. Killington states,

On Sunday morning we plan to have two open trails, Rime and Reason, served by the North Ridge Triple. The K-1 Express Gondola will provide uploading and downloading and you will need to use the Peak Walkway to and from the open North Ridge Area.

The K-1 Express Gondola will upload from 10:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. and downloading will be available until 4:00 p.m. The North Ridge Triple will allow uploading until 3:45 p.m.

Weather Outlook_ Nov 14

Also, aggressive snowmaking and fult tilt was used as choice wording.  But look at this weather pattern, dry dry dry then (sigh) warm.  Play nice mother nature, seriously this hot cold shenanigans is starting to get old. This time last year I feel like we were already skiing on Superstar but then again Mother Nature is an bipolar lady.

What else can I mention,

  • OH! Our new webstore is live and online so you should probably go take a look.
  • We’ve been working our asses off all summer getting this site up and we’re still working out the kinks so bear with us but it’s way better than the previous site and we’re pretty darn proud of it.
  • I was telling Jonathon the other day I wish I had been able to record how many hours I’d spent working on the  site because it would be in the thousands.
  • But check it out [CLICK HERE] and let us know what you think.

Also we made this cool time lapse video of our K2 Ski Clinic this past week. It just goes to show that we put in the hours to learn the latest tech so that we can be the most informed and prolifent ski shop on the mountain.


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The Beast Has Woken- Snowmaking Resumes At Killington

The Beast Has Woken- Snowmaking Resumes At Killington
Snowmaking Resumes At Killington

The Beast Has Awoken

Can you hear that grumble off in the distance? That low hissing roar? That’s the sound of the Beast re- awoken by possible loud partying at Basin Sports Blast Off Party. On November 7th Basin celebrated it’s annual Blast Off Party that coincided with a cold snap allowing Killington Resort to lay down a new coat of snow. The photo above was taken around 1:30pm yesterday via the Basin Sports Roof and a very large camera lense. The Resort itself has been extremely quiet about their resuming snowmaking (maybe it’s because Sugarbush and Stowe blew too?) and have yet to offer us a re-opening date.  But, from the roof of Basin Sports and A large camera lense we can summize this:

  • More guns (53 in total)
  • Coverage has begun on Upper DipperWe heard rumors that when Killington Re-opened it would be a bigger opening than what they normally do.
  • We suspect either that or Upper East Fall (Glades) will be the next project on the agenda.
  • They have not begun to lay down coverage on Upper Great Northern
The Beast Has Woken- Snowmaking Resumes At Killington
The Beast Has Woken- Snowmaking Resumes At Killington

Basin Sports Blast Off Party Had The Whole Mountain Rocking

We sold out of raffle tickets within the first few hours at Lookout.  That’s never happened. Sold Out? We’re not even skiing yet!? Needless to say we were blown away by the turnout.  We saw all the usual faces ( you know who you are) but saw a ton of new ones too.  Like those guys from Canada who were just in town taking in the sites, I think we made an impression on them- that skiers don’t mess around when it comes to Apres, PBR and Bourbon (Speaking Of, watch this video here, where Halley O’Brien from Ski Magazine breaks down common skier stereotypes)

I’m getting off track though.  What I meant to say is that we appreciate everyone that came out and offer a super special “THANK YOU!” to the people who bought raffle tickets.  Without you guys we wouldn’t have raised the $1,200 to benefit Flip Side Skate Park in Rutland, VT. So thank you to those who came out, and remember the first saturday in November of each year is when we host the Blast Off Party, so come out and join us, the next PBR is on us!


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  • Online Store Coming Soon! Like the next week or so soon! We’re really excited!
  • All product in and we’re honoring Columbus Day Sale Pricing until the Mountain re-opens
  • True Wheels Bike Shop (Our Bike Department) Is now a year round thing, located upstairs in the winter.
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Killington Snow Report- Day 6- October 23, 2015

Basin Sports and Killington Snow Report- Weekend Outlook

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Warmer than desired fall temps are making us contemplated this weekends outlook

Mother nature can be a bipolar bitch sometimes and right now she’s not playing nice- this Killington Snow Report highlights the outlook for the weekend. We’ve been skiing for six days so far and well, mother nature hasn’t been playing nice.  Killington saw a window of opportunity to make snow last week and hoped snowpack would hold.  Before I mention the weekend, today was awesome and it felt like may skiing.  You know, those days of deep bumps and slushy like snow that doesn’t kill your knees. The days that an ice cold beer at the car makes the skiing bittersweet.

 

 

Well, today we took in soft turns on Rime and park features on Reason. Today also marked the last day (for now) that the mountain was open to the public.  This weekend is passholders and express card holders only (pst, express cards are only 100 bucks with a ton of perks!) and this decision was made by the mountain because of the diminishing base at the bottom of the triple.  Here’s Killington Resorts official statement regarding the Killington Snow Report:

Weekend Update: Season Pass & Express Card Holders Only
Starting Saturday, October 24, Killington will be open for Season Pass and Express Card holders only. No day tickets will be available.

Although the skiing and riding conditions in the North Ridge area are still good, the loading area for the North Ridge Triple has gone quickly, and the current base depth will not stand up to heavy weekend traffic.

Hopefully more wintry weather will return in the very near future and we can get back to business as usual. Please check back here at the Daily Report or follow us on twitter for real-time updates on conditions and operations.

Checking the weather outlook for town conditions, there’s a good chance the mountain will make more snow this week (if dew points cooperate) and we’ll be back up and running next weekend. Think happy thoughts, and let’s look towards the future of this long season ahead of us.

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Snow Report for October 18, 2015 (Opening Day) Killington Snow Report

If You Ain’t First, You’re Last

Killington Opening Day
October 18, 2015 Starts of ski season in the USA at Killington resort. (C) Killington Resort
Opening Day
Hiking up for early turns yesterday, Kelly and Tucker didn’t waste any time. (C) Tadkl via instagram

Today sparked the start of ski season for the United States of America, with Killington Resort starting up the guns and blasting off into infinity- behold the cumulative Killington Snow Report brought to you by Basin Sports.  Killington made a break for it after hearing of Sunday River, their biggest rival’s planned opening day of Monday October 19, 2015.  Killington, being known for its slogan, “winter starts when we say so.” Couldn’t let Sunday River beat them out.  So the guns began blowing yesterday morning and the ski trails of Rime and Reason were set to open at noon.  This morning a giddy chaos ensued when Killington bumped their opening time to 9:30AM.  Some couldn’t wait though and Basin Sports friends and customers, Kelly and Tucker Lange took to the slopes last night and got in the first turns of the season.  If you see them, you are to address them as the King and Queen of the Mountain, since they’re royalty after all.

We’ll add more photo’s as we get more reports on conditions.  Reason will open at 11 after park features are set in place. Expect early season conditions.  It’s in the low 20’s with light wind right now, make sure those edges are sharp and bring the beer!

Opening_Day Powder

Huge Thanks to Kelly and Tucker for sharing their photo’s from today! You guys rock!

P.S It snowed 3″ overnight and is snowing at the store now! (10:00AM)


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Basin Blast: We’re Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

We’re going to let you in on a secret…

Basin Blast: We’re Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

We're Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

IT’S ON!

Season Pass holders and Express Card holders, join us Sunday, October 18, 2015, to kick off the winter season right. The first runs of the 2015-16 season are yours and yours alone. No day tickets will be sold. It’s not too late to join the club.

For the rest of you snow-deprived wanderers, winter begins Monday, October 19, 2015, and we hope to be skiing and riding until the warm spring sun sends us away. As always, Mother Nature calls the shots, but she’s been good to us so far.

Get the full details, the current conditions, and for the love of winter get that gear ready. We’ll see you on the hill. (Killington Resort)

We're Going To Let You In On A Secret- It Involves Skiing And Snowboarding In October

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