Back on the mountain this morning, we realize that Mother Nature didn’t help us overnight. Lots of snow had melted since yesterday and they announced +10C for the high today! Trying to maintain ski conditions is a crazy big challenge, even when you’re well equiped like Killington. As they produced a lot of snow in the early season, the good coverage allowed us to find decent snow on some of our favourite slopes.
The Killington team is working really hard to make sure people will enjoy their ski day. They do everything they can, even shoveling water at the gondola exit! What could you do?
Our favorite run from yesterday, Double Dipper, is now closed and it is easy to understand why.
However, we were able to enjoy spring snow on a lot of other trails. On the Snowdon side, we were really impressed by the 2019 full automatic and Snowdon Six Express chairlift. The seats are like leather recliners! Because the winds were so strong on Saturday, we appreciated being protected by the windshield bubble on this chair. The only other hill where I saw a set up like that is Chamonix! Killington always sets high standards for their skiers and this is why we always want to come back.
High winds in Killington are mainly facing the mountain, which is really nice because the K-1 gondola is protected by the mountain. We had strong winds on Friday and Saturday, but they never had to shut down the principal gondola.
When you ski in Killington, you also can access to Pico Mountain for free. So after lunch, we headed to Pico to check it out. It is a nice local ski hill, completely different if you compare with Killington. There is a friendly family ambiance as soon as you step in the door. We went to visite their Vermont ski museum and we were really lucky to meet Bobby, who explained to us a big part of their history. We want to come back and try this hill with lots of snow! I am sure to find lots of secret pockets of snow. These local ski hills normaly have a lot a treasures to discover.
It is impossible to try a mountain without testing their Apres Ski! The Last Run Lounge is really amazing. Lots of old ski club signs all around, friendly staff and really good live music. They passed the Apres Ski test easily. It reminds me a little bit about The Tucker in Sutton. Unfortunately, every good thing has an end, but we’ll be back soon, there is no doubt about it!
Thanks Vermont for a wonderful 40th birthday ski weekend!