Someone didn’t tell the folks at Killington Mountain Resort that it is the end of March.
My visit on March 27th reminded me of mid winter conditions. Except for temperatures in the high 20s, (darn right balmy for this season) one would think it was the beginning of February. There continues to be piles of the white stuff around. And, in true Beast of the East fashion, it snowed before we got there.
Grooming is still in full swing and if you want bumps they are there too.
We had some great runs on Escapade, Ovation and Superstar on Killington Peak. We moved over Bear Mountain and had a couple of great runs on Wildfire. The bumps on Outer Limits were too much for me. The same held true for the woods on Big dipper. I can take the steeps, but just not the big bumps. Never could, and I am not going to learn now.
It continues to boggle my mind why people rush to the mountain in the fall with marginal conditions but fail to hit the slopes late season when the coverage is good, the sun is higher and the temperatures are warmer. Friends and family start asking me before Thanksgiving if I have been out yet. I tell them “I can wait”.
Get out and enjoy Killington. They’ll be going until May easily even if the grass at home is greening up.
It’s no surprise that after a winter of successive snow dumps Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire continues to have good snow coverage. The longer days and higher sun of March, along with some warm days, has diminished the snow pack some, but there is still plenty of snow on the trails.
We skied Sunapee on March 20th and the tight grip that old man winter has had all year still existed. Although it was overcast the skiing and riding conditions were pretty like one would find in January and February. There was still plenty of coverage on trails. When we looked into the woods there was plenty of white stuff too.
Due to the thaws and freezes over the past week the woods were off limits because they were mostly bulletproof. With no major warmups projected for the next week or so they will remain that way. The trick is going to be getting on the mountain when the temperature gets warm enough to soften them up. This might require ducking out of work or school to work on a goggle tan!
Mt. Sunapee’s views are still some of the best in the east. The vista of Lake Sunapee continues to impress. From the summit the trails on Stratton, Okemo and Killington are clearly visible.
The Sunbowl Express on the north side is a welcome improvement to the prior lift, this detachable quad, acquired from Okemo, has resulted in significantly shorter lift lines and a faster ride back to the top.
There still needs to be a easier way to get on to Upper Cataract from the North Side though. Stay tuned. We understand that is in the works along with several other substantial improvements. It will be interesting to see how Mt. Sunapee maintains the balance of trails, uphill capacity and parking when they are done.