How to Attack the "Beast?"
Heading to Killington the 3rd week in March, Thurs to Sat. .:yahoo: Virgins to the hill, we are a crew of 4, all very comfortable on blue / black runs. We have been pouring over the trail map and we are looking for advice on how to get the best out of our 2.5 / 3 days there.
1. What set of lifts is most efficient in getting up the mountain? Looks like Snowshead / Ramshead is "main" area, but is it "the" area to start out from?
2. Avoiding lineups is key for us. We would all prefer a slow fixed double than stand in line for anything, including high speed detached. Where is congestion for lifts most likely? Or will we see any at all until Saturday?
3. Are there any nasty crossovers to be avoided?
4. Best "cruising" runs? We have one female with us. Gotta keep the entire crew happy. :rolleyes:
5. None of us are Park Rats, so no info required.
4. Fav spots for dining?
There are lots of riders here who ride Killington. Love to hear your thoughts and recommendations.
I hit killington up every couple weeks. My main advise is to try and avoid the lifts in front of base lodges...tend to be a lot more crowded. I never park at the main base area (K1), it gets nuts over there on the wknd. Snowshed / rams head is the "beginner" area. I always park at bear mountain, from there you have access to a lot of good terrain, skypeak quad, bear mtn quad. The areas I like best for blue/black terrain are bear mtn, needles eye area (take skypeak chair up from bear and head over) has some of the best riding on the mtn....some good trees if you follow a local too. The north ridge and canyon areas have some nice terrain as well. Traversing around really isn't difficult but it's easy to get caught up in it cuzzz the place is very spread out. Have fun on your trip.
Casey's caboose is fun too. I like them so much I go to the those places in the summer.
Aww, Killy Newbies.
SOOO.....what he said about the craziness with weekend crowds. Get there early and you'll be fine. The Gondola is busy, but if you break your crew up and do the singles line, you'll probably get on the same lift....or two of you will get on together. Canyon Quad and North Ridge Triple are fun little lifts that access good stuff. The trees to lookers right of the Canyon Quad are fun, especially when it snows. Superstar quad gives access to Ovation, and if you stay to the right on Ovation (assuming it has snowed enough) that can be fun to lap. Bear Mtn is good, too. The worse traversing is trying to get from one lift to another at the bottom. Make sure ya'll know which lift to meet at.
Juggernaut or Solitude to Great Eastern can be a long sleepy cruiser.
For Good Times:
They don't do happy hour at Killington, but many places offer wings. Moguls and the Lookout Tavern apres spots, but I prefer the wings at Sushi Yoshi. Decent bar, good apres ski chat place. If you want to dial it up a bit, there is the Garlic. A little more "chic" I suppose. The Wobbly Barn and the Pickle Barrel are the go-to nite spots for weekend warriors and tourists. JAX is a snow-bro kind of late-night hangout.
Have fun. Know to get out early, eat around 10:30 when all of the hangover people roll onto and crowd the mountain, ride from 11:15-1:30, while they all flee to get lunch....come in for a drink at 1:30, and hit the last 2 hours as everyone starts leaving.
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