It’s sad, but unfortunately Killington is closing today. I can’t keep denying that it’s not yet spring, although spring skiing this year was epic, even though the resorts didn’t have enough employees left to operate all their lifts. This spring is especially depressing because of the bleak outlook for next year. The ASC resorts have been broken up and sold, because ASC seems to care only about The Canyons. Hopefully now that the resorts are in competition, they will have good deals, discounts, and cheap season passes, but given the lift ticket prices at places like Stowe, maybe that’s wishful thinking. I may be skiing Mad River Glen a lot next year, because I can get a college pass for ~$200.
Luckily I still have a couple of runs to be skied at Tuckerman’s Ravine on Mt. Washington…although the ~20 minutes of skiing requires 6 hours of hiking. I will be there next weekend, weather permitting.
This past weekend I went to visit my sister at Dartmouth. We went skiing at Killington on Saturday, which was one of the nicest days of the ski season. It was ~50 degrees and sunny, and Killington was running the Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge, which is a big outdoor party (this year featuring Blue Oyster Cult) coupled with an amateur mogul competition. The picture below captures it well. Mogul bums are everywhere, it’s 50 degrees, I’m skiing Outer Limits at Killington while rocking out to Blue Oyster Cult, who is playing a concert at the bottom of the run. People are tailgating on the ski slopes (we saw one group boiling lobster on their grill on the slopes) and yelling for more cowbell.
On Sunday we went to the Ben and Jerry’s factory and the Green Mountain Coffee factory/museum. Both were exciting, although we didn’t get a tour of the coffee roasters, and thus didn’t get any free samples.
I got to try out my new Volkl Karmas on Friday at Killington. They came as advertised. Stable at high speeds, they lay out on edge well and hold completely through turns. I felt like I could edge so hard that my knees were about to hit the ground. I felt like a downhill racer. They can also skid-turn, although it was a bit tricky at first. Eventually I was successful taking them through bumps, and even skiing backwards a little, although it’s scary.