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Bumps And Stoke Build For The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge

A Local’s Perspective On The Annual Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge

Bumps and stoke build for the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge
As many ski resorts get ready to close for the season, here at Killington it feels like the party is just getting started as diehards and amateurs alike prepare for the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge. In the days prior, some are seeking bumps to practice on, others are ironing out their tailgating plans, but whether planning to take part or spectate, anticipation for the weekend is high.

The moguls are on the iconic Outer Limits, that get deeper as the days 150 competitors ski them, nestled between two large jumps and surrounded by the many who come in costume, ready to cheer and tailgate. Competitors ski a qualifying run where the top 16 women and 32 men progress to finals, a sudden-death dual format with the first person through the finish line progressing into the next round, all with big airs and underdog upsets. Killington is still a bastion of mogul skiing, a community who loves to celebrate a competition where anything can happen. To such an extent that when the mountain decided they wouldn’t host the rowdy event anymore in 2012, bumpers hosted it anyway and titled it the “Denial Cup.” The next year the event returned, and recently the mountain acknowledged those winners by engraving their names onto the trophy that sits in Bear Mountain’s base lodge.

Even as skis have grown fatter, there are still quite a few skiers here who haven’t lost their skinny skis and look forward to the event all year long. I am one of them, and can already feel the competition day nerves, the nervousness of practicing mogul jumps that send you straight up into the air, the excitement at the starting gate, the rainbow colored crowd in vintage one pieces, all of it. A friend recently told me that I just needed to “pretend that no one was there” when competing this weekend (I agree!), but it’s an admittedly hard task to practice when the crowd is audacious, and the skiers around you are some of the best mogul skiers anywhere. Anyone can compete though, and competitors uphold that good sportsmanship, helping to support and cheer on others while waiting for their turn in the starting gate.

It’s hard to think of another event that is more of Killington and espouses just how much we love skiing here. Whether you are tuning your skis, seeking out the seeded bumps on Wildfire, or picking out your best eye-turning outerwear, prep work for Saturday continues for many. If you are considering attending your first Bear Mountain Challenge, whether to ski it or to see it, you won’t be disappointed and you will really know that you arrived at the Big K, where mogul skiing is still very much alive, well, and celebrated.

Bumps and stoke build for the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge
— Tricia Tirella, Basin Sports ambassador, Killington local and bump enthusiast  

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Bike Mechanic (FT)

Basin Sports has been operating in the outdoor recreation industry since 1958. It’s Bike Shop, True Wheels Bikes opened its doors soon after Killington started offering Lift-Served Mountain Biking in the ’90s. Since then it’s blossomed into a Killington staple in the community.

Basin Sports is hiring for a Full Time Bike Mechanic for its summer season. The ideal person should be technologically inclined and able to transition into the winter season where they’d be tuning and mounting skis. Ideally, this person has 2-3 years’ experience in the Bike Industry, specifically working on Mountain and Downhill Bikes. The ideal person is friendly and passionate about cycling with in-depth knowledge about the latest technologies in the industry.

Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Demonstrate a professional level of customer service over the phone and to walk in customers
  • Inspect Bikes and provide detailed on the spot analysis of potential repairs and their costs.
  • Repair bikes efficiently and accurately.
  • Service bikes (bleed brakes, service suspension & dropper posts, adjust drivetrain)
  • Adjust and set up rental bikes for daily users
  • Check-in and Check-out rental bikes, and be able to accurately assess wear and tear after use.
  • Work the cash register easily (must be computer literate)
  • Move outside the service area and sell bikes on the salesfloor as well as clothing and protection.
  • Work independently and with other mechanics
  • Communicate effectively to management regarding store operations

Qualifications:

  • 2-3 Years’ Experience as a Bike Mechanic
  • Ability to build all levels of bikes from the box up.
  • Ability to stand and move for long periods of time.
  • Ability communicate with coworkers and management
  • Previous experience with various bike components, service tools, and machinery.
  • Must be able to service brakes, suspension, and droppers
  • Basic Computer Skis
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule.
  • Must be able to work weekends.
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Killington Snow Report, March 26, 2019

This winter continues to provide lots of great skiing with a variety of conditions on different days.   After a couple of warm days last week, Killington had a fun winter storm on Friday, leading to great powder days on Friday and Saturday.  Temperatures have stayed below freezing since, making for good winter ski conditions.  Today is a beautiful sunny day with temps in the high 20’s.  The next couple of days look sunny and warmer each day.  The snow should soften nicely.

I will have to admit that I ventured over to Outer Limits on Monday thinking it might have softened in the sun, but I was wrong.  It hadn’t been groomed and was still firm.  Today was soft on Wildfire and Bear Claw, particularly the lower sections.  Pretty much anywhere that was groomed or had snow deposited by the wind over the weekend has pretty good packed powder conditions.  The woods and natural snow trails are still skiing well, with a little bit of scratchiness.  The groomers are good, with again an occasional scratchy spot.

Killington has made an amazing amount of snow on Superstar and the spine of snow can be seen from fairly far away.  Hopefully we will have a nice long spring with a couple more months of skiing this year!

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Product Content Writer- Ecommerce

Basin Sports is looking for Product Content Writers to help produce and develop product descriptions for our online store. The ideal person must be passionate about the snowsports industry and have a working knowledge about the technologies used in these products. Strong writing skills and excellent grammar is needed as well as the ability to articulate points elegantly. This position required many hours in front of a computer often, writing about products that aren’t very interesting. The ability to stay focused and stay consistent description to description is essential.

Preferably This Person Is:

  • Knowledgeable about the snow sports industry and understands the technologies used in Skis, Snowboards and Winter Clothing.
  • Is a good writer (seems obvious right?)
  • Can consistently produce the same quality writing material over and over
  • Has a basic knowledge of SEO and Keyword Search
  • Has some previous copywriting experience

Requirements:

  • Access to a working computer or laptop
  • College-level writing skills
  • Ability to work independently and remotely (though some office time may be required)
  • Willing To learn/ Flexible

 

This is a part-time seasonal position that could potentially develop into a more permanent role.
If we think you’d be a good fit we’ll follow up by asking for writing samples with specific criteria.
Please Email a Resume to socialmedia@basinski.com

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Killington Snow Report February 19, 2019

This has been one of those winters where if you don’t like the weather, just wait a day.  I think we’ve had a bit of everything and then we’ve had more of everything.  There have been many great powder days, some cold days, some sunny days and even some of those days with spring like conditions as well as a few, only a few, of those unmentionable conditions.  Luckily there has been plenty of natural snow, providing a good base everywhere and cold temperatures for excellent machine made snow.  This past weekend had new snow made on Outer Limits, among other trails, on Saturday and beautiful sunny skies on Sunday.  Today was on the chilly side, with a bit of wind and gorgeous sunny skies.  There was enough new natural snow last week as well as an additional 4-6 inches yesterday to provide fun woods and natural snow skiing.  The groomed trails were also all in good shape, with an occasional scratchy spot where the wind had hit.  Good natural snow was found on Snowdon off the 6 pack bubble chair, off the new Southridge chair, Skye Peak, K1 and Superstar.  Cascade, Downdraft, Superstar, Wildfire, Needles Eye, Bunny Buster, to name a few, all provided good groomed skiing.  Looks like another storm is headed our way Wednesday evening bringing more snow to the area!

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Top 5 Skis For 2020

Top 5 Skis For 2020- From An East Coast Ski Shops Standpoint

These reviews are based on our on-snow testing, discussions with brand reps, and years of experience.

Top 5 Skis Of 2020

Basin Sports is a ski shop in Killington, Vermont. With access to the largest east coast ski resort at our door, we are able to provide accurate and intelligent insight to the state of the ski industry as it reflects our specific market.

K2 Mindbender Series

You’ve probably heard about the K2 Mindbender and Alliance-benders by now.  The replacement of the Pinnacle and LuvIt Series skis. K2 spent a lot of time testing and designing these skis to make them what they are. They wanted something stiff torsional but soft and floaty too. So what makes the Mindbenders so amazing? They’re incredibly light, yet stiff, yet powerful. The 90ti in particular for both men and women is stiff yet not. In our on snow test the ski was phenomenal on groomers and comfortable and controllable in the bumps. It didn’t feel like you had to overcompensate to make a turn. It didn’t feel too heavy or bulky either. One moment you’d be making beautiful racer carves on groomers, the next you’d be navigating tight New England trees. The Mindbenders want to float and dance over terrain- not bash and brawl their way down the mountain.

The Mindbender Series comes in many lengths. The men’s is 116C, 108Ti, 99Ti, 90Ti, 90C and 85. The Women’s or Alliance Series is available in 115C, 106C, 98Ti, 88Ti, 90C and 85. Yes, the Alliance series is a different mold. Everything is going to be the same about these skis except for the core. The main difference between the two is that the Men’s Mindbenders have full wood cores and the ladies Alliance have Aspen Vanier Core. Yes, that’s still technically wood- it just flexes differently than the full single wood core.

Top 5 Skis Of 2020

We’re on the east coast here, so we’re biased to the 99 and 90Ti (Or 98Ti and 88Ti) options. When we demoed these skis it was hero snow. Or at least what us east coasters call Hero Snow. Firm yet soft groomers, with plenty of packed powder in the trees.  We’ve been slimming down what the optimal waist width is for the East Coast and was planning on ordering more 90’s instead of 99’s. That’s not to say one was better than the other. Both skied excellently. By this point, it’s more personal preference.

We’ve been asked a lot to compare the Mindbenders against the Nordica Enforcers, and we’ll probably end up doing a blog and video comparing the two, but for now, we’ll give you this. The Enforcer Series is a great All-Mountain ski. It does everything well and is incredibly fun to ski on. One main difference between the two is the rocker profile. The Enforcer is going to want to power through everything- we refer to the Enforcer as a brawler ski. It’s fun, enjoyable and strong- but it would rather power into snow than float. The Mindbender is going to feel more familiar to skiers who maybe raced or spent a chunk of time on groomers- expect the Mindbenders allow you to ski off trail comfortable. You can go really fast on the Mindbenders and not feel out of control with twitchy rocker in your tips. The Mindbenders carve, they don’t smear. You know that famous quote, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee”? That pretty much sums up the Mindbenders. They float and dance, they didn’t come to muscle their way through. They’re precise, agile and responsive.

Nordica Enforcer 88 & 104

Top 5 Skis Of 2020

Speaking of Nordica, There are some new additions to the Enforcer Family. The Nordica Enforcer 88 and the Enforcer 104. Both skis come with new technology and so far, our staff have been raving about the changes. The 88 was designed with us East Coasters in mind. It’s a true on-piste carver. You can read our review on these skis here. The 104 is a wider option but not overly cumbersome like the 110.

What Makes the 88 So Great? It’s different than it’s big brothers because It has less ABS sidewall. The ABS Sidewall is essentially plastic. Plastic is damp and non-responsive on impact. Nordica reduces the amount of Sidewall and filled it in with more wood to make the ski more snappy and powerful. Then they added a carbon grid to increase snap. It makes the ski much more maneuverable at speed and not quite as unstable.

The 104 has the same technology as the 88 and made many of our employees who own the 100 consider upgrading to the 104. A positive aspect of the 104 is that it offers more drive and stability at speed without increasing extra weight. The 104 allows you to explore more of the mountain with stability and control. One of the positives in the new designs is the power in and out of turns. One thing I’ve found in the older designs is that due to its shape I often feel like I lose a lot of my speed in and out of turns. The 104 certainly does not have that problem. Same goes for the 88. Both are responsive and power out of the turns effortlessly.

These skis are great for one ski quiver shredders or enforcer series collectors. Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if the 20/21 series of Enforcers don’t all have the new carbon technology incorporated into their design.

Salomon QST 92

The Salomon QST 92 has got it’s S—t together this year. In it’s first iterations it was one the softer side of all-mountain skis. Now it’s back and in it’s series (so the 92, 99 and 106) have the same technology throughout. But it’s an entirely new ski. So new tip design, new sidewalls and new core construction. I’m generalizing but all three waist widths will be the same construction. We’re digging the 92 because it’s probably the lightest All-Mountain ski that’s isn’t made of foam, fiberglass or unicorn dust. It’s rocker profile would make it great for a east coast skinning ski but also as a weekend warriors ski.

If you ski anything like me you may have thought that the QST was a fun ski but it was a bit soft and chattery on harder snow. Beefed up sidewalls have eliminated this chatter to a minimum and torsionally increased stability in turns. Win, Win!

The carbon, basalt, and flax are blended together in the new models from tip to tail, and there’s an extra layer of flax plus cork tips to optimize dampness at a lower swingweight. This is translated onto the women’s Lux, Lumen series too. The tip shape is new too and this reduced taper. The cork in the tip and tail makes the skis less chattery, and reduces swing weight making turns pretty darn fun. The graphics aren’t half bad either on these skis. Sticking with solid tones and less flair. Mounted up with the oh so toted Salomon Shift Bindings and you’ve got one heck of a ski set-up.

Black Crow Camox & Camox Birdie

We also are going to talk about Black Crow. They’ve been around for a while but really have exploded onto American markets more recently. The Camox is the showcase twin ski and has really stayed tried and true to its roots. It’s a true twin tip ski with classic rocker, camber, rocker profile.  Nothing overly fancy or technical, just the stuff that works- which is why it’s one of their bestselling skis.

But, the Camox is on the heavy side. So this year Black Crows reduced the weight of the ski and shortened the taper without overly changing the performance of the ski on snow. It does have a shorter turn radius- which can just mean it will get edge to edge quicker. An Advantage here is that as a true twin tip ski the Black Crow Camox and Camox Birdie will have an increased playfulness feel on snow. This will make for more a lighter, but tried and true ski that anyone can have fun on.

Atomic Redster X Series

An honorable mention and one ski that’s not really getting a whole lot of attention is the Atomic Redster X series. This skis was redeveloped last season and can be distinguished from its World Cup counterparts by it’s lack of red coloration. We’ve been jokingly calling it the greenster since the 18-19 skis was bright neon green. This year It’s not as bright but still a gunmetal grey with green highlights. Of the Redster X series the one that caught our eye the most was the Atomic Redster X WB (WB= Wide Body). The Redster is a series no F-ing around ski. The Redster X WB is the same nutty ski but minus the servotec. At 75 underfoot (versus 65) the WB is just a bit more forgiving. With true race camber underfoot the Atomic Redster X WB is still an extremely powerful ski. It’s just nicer to play with.

Coming in 152, 160, 168 and 176 you have a few options to choose from. The WB still has the multi-radius sidecut, full sidewall (hence 0/100/0 camber to rocker), Powder Woodcore, Titanium Powered, Structured Topsheet, and World Cup Base Finish. It still has all of those goodies. The reason we’re mentioning this ski is not that we enjoy it (I mean we do, we wouldn’t be writing this review otherwise) but because it enables you to still carve aggressive groomers, but still be able to walk the next day. We will be pushing this ski towards our Ski Bum Race Series competitors who want a fast ski for race day, but a comfortable ski for groomer days.


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Killington Snow Report January 17, 2019 *Winter Storm Warning*

Killington Snow Report, Pre-Dumpage Summary

17° / 6°

 

January 18 Update From Braatencast: Scroll down for older models.

 

Significant Snowstorm To Bury the Green Mountains This Weekend

The models continue to point to a significant snowstorm the Greens and while there are still some small details to work out, the consistency of the model guidance at this point is hard to ignore. It’s actually very impressive that this was modeled over a week out and despite some slight shifts here or there, it has largely held serve. If this works out in the end, it very well may be one of the best modeled storms I’ve seen in years.

This storm will be fast moving and quick hitting, with snow breaking out across VT late Saturday evening and becoming moderate to heavy snow overnight through Sunday morning. The models are speeding up the storm system, so most of the accumulating snow could be out of the area by late Sunday afternoon. Overall, we are looking at a quick 12-18 hour punch of snow that should drop a general 10-18″ of dry snow across the state with some local variance due to banding. Chances for mixing with sleet in S.VT seem to be quite diminished.

Normally with a storm having such sort residence time in our area wouldn’t have me forecasting amounts this high, but rich Gulf of Mexico moisture is going to have a battle royale over New England with a very cold arctic air mass. As the storm system tracks from the Ohio Valley to the southern New England coastline, strong southerly winds aloft will lift this rich moist air up and over the cold dome. This should produce a fluffy snow and for this forecast I went with snow ratios around 13-15:1.

Right now the southern stream energy is crossing the western United States and is becoming well sampled by the weather models. The remaining questions surround Arctic stream energy in northern Canada that still is in a data-sparse region. Certain models like the NAM have been tracking the storm further south over the past few runs because it is flatter with this energy, not letting it dig south like the ECMWF. The flatter that northern wave is, the less phasing and downstream pumping of heights, causing a flatter solution off the East Coast. This piece will need to be monitored.

While that arctic energy could cause a slightly further south track, I also think there could be a near-term tick north with the track in the final 12-24 hours once the Gulf of Mexico opens up for business. Often times with these, strong convection down south will release copious amounts of latent heat into the atmosphere and that can serve to pump the ridge a bit more ahead of the system. The models have a hard time handling that convection and that can often result in a brief near-term tick north with the surface low in a moist dynamic situation like this.

Overall, I’m going with a blend that would include 0.6″ (far NW VT) to 1.5″ (SVT) across the state though most locations will likely fall into a 0.8-1.3″ water range. Applying 13-15:1 ratios to that yields the shown snowfall. Now, this water may be a bit less than some model guidance but I still think with an open wave at the mid-levels preventing good easterly moisture transport that QPF amounts could end up slightly below current model values.

The other caveat will be mid-level banding as the models are showing good 700-850mb frontogenic forcing between the warm air coming in from the south and arctic air to the north. That battle zone looks to run from the southern Adirondacks through Killington area and into central NH/ME. That’s where we could see localized rates of 2-3″/hr and someone could rack up a lot of snow in a short period of time as that stronger banding punches the snow growth zone. Very fluffy snow can stack awfully quickly in those situations. I may need to amend the location of that band as the near term guidance continues to fine tune the location. Some models, like the ECMWF lift that band further north into C/N VT but climatology tells me it often sets up further south in VT in lows that track along the southern New England coastline.

After snow tapers off later Sunday afternoon, we’ll see off and on snow showers in the mountains into Monday with maybe another inch or two of accumulation but you won’t be able to find it. The winds are going to get fierce behind this storm on Sunday night and Monday with brutally cold temperatures. Mountain temperatures on Monday won’t sniff zero degrees and serious wind chills will be present in the upper mountain elevations. Dress warmly if planning to enjoy the powder and exercise patience with Lift Ops teams as those winds on Monday will likely be problematic.

Enjoy the storm and I’ll update as I feel is necessary.

Killington Snow Report

As I left for work this morning my thermometer read 4 Degrees Fahrenheit. Yes, that’s cold- but after last seasons -20 everything feels warm. That being said, everyone has been chattering about this weekends storm. Rental reservations are up, hotel bookings are up, and the local’s are brushing the dust off their powder sticks. But what is really supposed to happen this weekend? Like most weather predictions it’s incredibly hard to predict storms like this. The fact of the matter is that we’ll see some snow. It could be 8″ it could be 18″ but it will be some sort of a powder day. So what are should we expect? I again reference Scott Braaten, Stowe Snow Report, and Weather Pattern Geek. Scott’s Braatencast on Facebook is a great reference for winter weather predictions.

An active week of weather is on tap for the Green Mountains, with the hype already building for a big MLK Weekend snowstorm. Prior to that we have a few smaller systems to contend with and a near term concern for some light icing in the mountains of central and northern Vermont tonight. I’ll break this post down by event, with discussion regarding the potential storm on Sunday saved for the end.

Today saw some light freezing drizzle across the northern Greens due to moisture trapped under an inversion just above the surface. The thick stratus deck produced a mix of light snow and light freezing drizzle, but from all accounts there was no impact to the snow surfaces except visibility was an issue this morning from goggles freezing up from the mist. We should see those conditions persist tonight and tomorrow morning in the high terrain until an arctic cold front moves through tomorrow afternoon. A light glaze is possible overnight inside the clouds that will reside above 2,000ft.

Tomorrow afternoon a decent arctic cold front will swing through towards the end of the ski day. With good surface convergence along the front coupled with upslope flow into the northern Green Mountains, a quick 1-3″ of snow is expected in snow squalls from Sugarbush to Jay Peak. Isolated amounts up to 4″ are possible in the highest elevations where any squall may linger. Winds will increase behind the front and it will get very cold for Thursday. In fact, Thursday will be the day to wear everything you’ve got as temperatures will stay below zero above 3,000ft with wind chills approaching -40F at times.

Another weak storm system will approach us Thursday night, bringing with it southwest flow aloft and warmer temperatures for Friday. The energy aloft driving this system is quite weak and the system will be moisture starved, but a fluffy 1-4″ snowfall looks like a decent bet on Friday morning across most of Vermont. Any remaining light snow showers should taper off by early Friday afternoon, followed by another shot of arctic air to start the weekend.

Saturday of MLK Weekend will see increasing clouds and cold temperatures, with highs in the single digits in the base areas and below zero at the summits. If heading to the mountains for the holiday weekend, dress warmly. It is late in the day on Saturday when things start to get interesting.

Now, I’ve seen a lot of mentions of possible accumulations already for the weekend but it is still 5 days away. That is an eternity in weather model land. If some models are even struggling with Friday’s weak storm system, how are they going to know what Sunday will do?

In fact, most of the players on the field responsible for the potential storm are still located over data sparse regions of the Pacific Ocean and northern Canada. The models right now are making a lot of “assumptions” based on satellite data. In my opinion it won’t be until Thursday when we really get a good feel for what will happen. By that point the energy involved will finally be adequately sampled and the models will have a much clearer picture of how this will shake out.

When talking about data sampling, it means that by that point the weather systems responsible for our storm will now be over portions of North America (such as the United States), passing over airports, radar sites, weather balloon launches, and even getting passed through by hundreds of commercial aircraft. All of those things collect data which then is fed into the supercomputers that the weather models run off of. The more complete a picture the models can get of the atmosphere at initialization, the more accurate the outcome will be. Right now the pieces of the puzzle are still over data sparse regions, so the models are making assumptions on variables that can have huge downstream effects.

Basically the bottom line is, there is great uncertainty in the sensible weather outcomes at this lead time. What is known is that a good sized storm is likely to form in the lee side of the Rockies, but where it tracks is still very much up for grabs.

The attached graphic includes the three possible tracks that seem most likely at this time. The furthest south track would include heavier snows in the Catskills, Berkshires and southern New England, with lighter snows north. The currently modeled track wants to cut the low pressure system near the south coast of New England or even inland a bit through southern New England. That would produce heavy snows for the Green Mountains and would likely also include at least some mixed precipitation into southern VT. The furthest north track would produce a snow to sleet/freezing rain type event across most of Vermont as warm air aloft punches northward.

My gut instinct is telling me most of Vermont will remain all snow and it will only be a question of how much. Very cold arctic air pressing down from the northwest should be enough to force this storm to track east and not over us. I’ve seen some comments tossing around very large amounts of snow, but this system looks to stay progressive as an open wave in the mid-levels. That would make widespread amounts of heavy accumulations (say 10-12″+) quite difficult to achieve in a fast moving system. The system will have copious amounts of moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, but without a closed mid-level center moving underneath us, we wouldn’t get that easterly flow of moisture advection off the Atlantic. That should serve to keep expectations in check until this becomes clearer in a few days.

Like I stated earlier, I think by later Thursday we should have a pretty good idea of how this will pan out but there are still plenty of options on the table. In the end, snow seems more likely than not at this point in time and I’m cautiously optimistic that we can finally get a snow event to coincide with a holiday weekend on the slopes.

Written January 15, 2019

 

January 16th Update (Scott Braaten):

Decent shift south last night in the model Ensembles, better news for SVT/Berkshires/SNH. Still great snows up here though. The pressing cold from the NW is trying to shunt it south and east. It’ll be a battle…

 

If you don’t make it up for MLK Weekend, long term forecasts look good too. So the snow will be sticking around for a while. Just remember to layer up and be safe!

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Killington Snow Report January 9, 2019 *Powder Alert*

Killington Snow Report- Powdah Alert In Ktown

Overcast with Snow Flurries H 29° / 21°

 

Killington Snow Report

 

After a rather lackluster December it finally snowed here in Killington, Vermont and today’s Killington Snow Report shows it. Now right before I sat down to write this snow report, Killington Resort stated that they received 10″ of fairly optimistic snow. Having myself just been on the hill I’d say that yeah, that’s a rather optimistic total. It felt like more than 5″(as they reported this morning) but definitely less than 10″ based off the untracked places I ventured into. I started over on Superstar, my usual haunt just to see what the steeper slopes held. It seemed that grooming was done early yesterday on this pod and the base was firmer than anticipated. Light fluffy mashed potatoes, hiding layers of crunchy quesadilla. It seemed the steeper angle got skied off rather early so I decided to head over to Snowdon and see what the lower angle slopes had to offer. It’s funny for me to hear myself say, yeah let’s go lap Snowdown. Because only a year ago it seemed much less appealing. So I skated over to the 6-Pack and enjoyed the 4-minute lift ride up. Even on a delicious midweek powder day like today, there was no line at the 6-pack and I have yet to ride the lift with six people on it. So much for those nay, sayers who questioned the deterioration of terrain off my now newly favorite lift.

From here I pretty much spent the rest of my time skiing off Snowdown. By far the best snow I could find was off this chair and it kept filling back in after each run. Every run got better and better and it was hard for me to ski back to my car, it really was quite good. I opted to not ski the woods but our Snowboard Guru, Clarke did and when I caught up with him on the lift he said, “if you knew where to go the trees were quite good and that a lot of snow had moved in there from the wind.” We needed this, and after a depressing December it was great to ski some New England Powdah! I will say to those powder junkies arriving this weekend to dress warm. Undoubtingly the snow will be quite excellent this weekend but it will also be quite cold. We have heated mitts, gloves and all the accessories in between to keep you toasty this weekend. If you’re on the fence, go- trust us. It might be cold, but it will well be worth it. Hopefully, this snowy momentum continues through the weekend and into the rest of the month. Fingers Crossed.

 

Killington Snow Report-2-2

 

 

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Killington Snow Report January 4, 2019

Killington Snow Report Brings Snow, Sun and Groomers

Sunny, H 38° / 25°

 

Killington Snow Report
Jean’s thumb will be present throughout all our photos today.

Killington Snow Report, Before we headed out for turns we decided to try out the new Hotronic Light Compression Sock. Carol, one of our talented bootfitters helped us with that. Truthfully I have never used a sock that added a little compression while filling in small nooks in the boot.  It also aided in the entry and exit making my life easier. Moreover, the sock actually made the boot warmer and more comfortable; truly amazing. The Skiing was great for what we’ve been given. Yesterday we received around 4 inches of snow which helped fill in the “should I really be skiing this” areas. Local Ktown resident Merisa Sherman even found some runs in the woods, albeit they were crunchy. But besides that the groomers were great. We stuck to Skye Peak to get those early morning rays. That early morning sun made this side of the mountain ski phenomenally. A few inches here and there has made for great packed powder and granulated groomers.  This weekend looks to be good with moderate temps coupled with quite a bit of open terrain.

See you on the hill.

 

 


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