Went to Killington yesterday for some early season riding. An absolute blast! We arrived at the K1 lodge for opening at 9:00a and rode the gondola to the summit. From there, we followed the Great Northern trail (the only option open from where the gondola stops) down to the base of the North Ridge chair lift, from which the rest of the trails were accessible. The only catch was that to get from the top of the chair lift to the Peak lodge for lunch or to catch the gondola to get back down the mountain (the open trails don't come anywhere close to the base of the mountain) required trekking up the new Peak walkway, which we counted as about 240ish steps. Still, it was well worth it to be riding in early November in New England!
Just to qualify this a little, my son and I are still fair beginners since we just started riding early January last season so this was our first early season riding anywhere, as well as our first time at Killington. We did bring my son's friend Kalie who has been riding for 4 years and skied for two years prior to that. We were all surprised by how good the snow was given that it had been a fairly warm week. The condition was mostly loose granular, although there were some icy patches that seemed to become more widespread as the afternoon wore on. I was expecting it to be like the end-of-season slushy stuff, but it wasn't at all, even though it had to be close to 50 degrees there yesterday. We actually hiked the Peak walkway and rode the gondola down just to shed clothing. For afternoon we were all riding in fleece or sweatshirts and single layer pants only. We stayed until closing around 3:45. It was a great day overall.
Here is a video clip of one of our trail rides. Please note, as mentioned in the video description, this is just us riding groomers, nothing exciting happening i.e. most people will find this extremely boring. I just posted it to show conditions and a sample of the trails that were open.
YouTube - Killington - Veteran's Day November 11, 2010