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Killington early season

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
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Thanks for posting. I was wondering.

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Awesome, thanks for the update.
Have been hearing mixed reviews of Kmart's early season so far.
Glad you all had fun.
Heading up there first weekend in Dec. for an early session before hitting it on New Years.
By then I'm hoping they will be running a few more lifts.
Fingers crossed for some more natural freshie fresh soon.
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A couple of my friends went up opening day, and it looked like a total shitshow. Conditions look really good, especially for early November. I'll most likely make a run up soon, too.
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Great post! Thanks!
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Nice Vid. Not trying to be a prick, but you contributed to the trails becoming icier by scrapping half the snow off the top yourself. You gotta point the board down hill and ride! Glad you and your son had a great time though, that's awesome.
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Thanks for the replies guys!

Towkin, if you're referring to the person shooting the video, it was my 9-year-old son (I'm the kook in the dark-green and gray jacket waiting by the "SLOW" sign). For what it's worth, he was only sideslipping to try to keep the camera steady and he only did it for two runs. He normally does turns. The reason I used his video was that it was quite a bit steadier than any of them I took because I just rode as I normally do when I recorded. Though if you were referring to my skidding turns, well, I'm working on them. I don't think we did too much damage since most of the ice seemed to occur in the shadows on the surface at edges of the trail where people traveled.
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Bro. Ride however you can ride. You and your son certainly did not ruin all of Killington. And thank you for posting the video. It was exactly what I was looking for and way better then a mountain cam shot from Kmart's website.
Keep ripping it, and if you're up there first weekend of Dec we can def shred a few runs.
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Bro. Ride however you can ride. You and your son certainly did not ruin all of Killington. And thank you for posting the video. It was exactly what I was looking for and way better then a mountain cam shot from Kmart's website.
Keep ripping it, and if you're up there first weekend of Dec we can def shred a few runs.
Thanks man, I appreciate it. We'll definitely try to get up there again by then, sounds good.
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Thanks for the replies guys!

Towkin, if you're referring to the person shooting the video, it was my 9-year-old son (I'm the kook in the dark-green and gray jacket waiting by the "SLOW" sign). For what it's worth, he was only sideslipping to try to keep the camera steady and he only did it for two runs. He normally does turns. The reason I used his video was that it was quite a bit steadier than any of them I took because I just rode as I normally do when I recorded. Though if you were referring to my skidding turns, well, I'm working on them. I don't think we did too much damage since most of the ice seemed to occur in the shadows on the surface at edges of the trail where people traveled.
I was talking about the recorder, and again, their was NO cruel intention meant in my comment. I thought it was you being an "old" cautious dad, lol. I have kids too and I can not wait to get them on the slopes, let alone recording runs. Your son did an excellent job! Looking forward to more vids and enjoy the upcoming season!
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