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After a 4 1/2 year hiatus, I was back at Killington. First time in November since 1991. Saturday was my first opportunity to leave Ottawa (i.e. for Montreal) and probably my last chance before Christmas. So I made the most of it.

After seeing the less than convincing reports on Ste.Anne’s opening weekend and Tremblant opening the top mountain this weekend with probable hordes of skiers, the choice was pretty clear in my mind. It had to be Killington. Sorry folks, but St.Sauveur and Camp Fortune (15 minutes from downtown Ottawa) were not going to do it for me. The fact that the Loonie hasn’t been close to this height in years (1993) wasn’t bad either.

Friday night: picked-up my new Rossignol B1s in my favorite small shop in Montreal.

Saturday morning: 5:30am (planned departure time). Woke up at 5:45am, Shit the alarm clock stopped in the middle of the night. Quick Breakfast and made a quick lunch. Left Montreal at 6:30am sharp. Montreal is 187miles (290km from Champlain Bridge) and 3 hours away.

This was going to be a solo trip. 100th solo ski day since 1981-82; 45th Killington visit.

What a beautiful drive, just 20 minutes away from MTL in the middle of the plains between the city and the ever-expanding suburbs, I could see through the morning fog, the sunrise just behind Mt.Sutton. The view through my windshield was beautiful; Mt. St.Hilaire, Rougemont, St.Grégoire, Sutton, Jay Peak, Smugglers’ and Mansfield. Unfortunately, I never take time for pictures in the morning, especially this morning.

Going to Killington in November and zipping through U.S. Customs in record time, cheap American dollars, this trip had a definitely a 80s feel to it.

Heading down on Interstate 89, I had a glimpse on. Look like they had one run on Skye Peak, that was definitely confirm one hour later when I hit the access road. Finally arrived at Killington at 9:45am, I was parked all the way to Pitts-field!!!

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View from the access road.

GIVE US THE REPORT, MAN!!!!

Killington ski report for the day mentioned 19 trails with 7 lifts (K1, Glades triple, Snowdon triple and Quad, poma and Superstar Quad). That last addition probably explained the new pricing; $47, up from $39 the previous day when the SS quad was not running.

It was Customer Demo Day, which might partially explain why my car was park a time zone away. The skiing was great. I have to lift my hat at Killington with what terrain was opened, especially opening the Upper Downdraft headwall.

Conditions were generally good, coverage was excellent. Someone definitely needed to have sharp edges to fully enjoy this day, especially with the heavy skier traffic. Loose granular conditions were the norm, as someone got closer to the KBL.

Started skiing at 10:30am. Skied generally the Snowdon and Glades areas with one top-to-bottom run. The line-ups weren’t too bad, maximum 3 minutes using the single lines. The worst line up were for the K1 and the Glades triple. Glades area was fairly crowded.


Snowdon chair.


Glades area.


Glades chair.

Lunch at 1:00pm at the summit.

Afternoon at 1:30pm, re-did Downdraft and probably one more run on Glades. The traffic was still pretty heavy. Decided to do laps off the poma (poma was out-of-order for at least 15 minutes). At the end of the day, skied with 2 Ryans from Pennsylvania. Toward the end of the day, we decided to go all the way to the bottom. Notice that the Superstar Quad was running (I had noticed that it was closed at 12:30pm) and did the last two run on Bittersweet. Someone had told me that Bittersweet was a bowling alley in the AM (one run and one express Quad), however at 3:45pm, we were virtually alone. This is a nice long run and fun to ski when it isn’t crowded.

The Ryans had skied the previous day and mentioned that the run had virtually no snow on it when the guns were turned on that night. Good job Killington.


Downdraft Headwall.


Downdraft Headwall.


Highline with KBL and Bittersweet on the other side.

Best trails:

Upper Downdraft (headwall) – nice and steep. Amazed that they decide to choose it for an early opening. However it was a bit of a drag to have to ski all the way down via Snowdon and get back on the K1 to access that trail again. No, I am not going to talk about the double again.

Highline (a ban of thin spots coming out in middle pitch by the end of day) – Best steep, overall satisfaction of the day. Spring conditions.

Upper East Fall – relatively quiet for the crowded Glades area.

Bunny Buster: Next to poma. Sorry Joe, this trail is definitely a better course trail than mogul run. A lot of fall away pitches, fun to ski.

Mouse Trap: it was bumping up nicely.

Bittersweet when the Superstar Quad was functioning.

Worst place:
Great Northern: a human flow of skier from Glades across Snowdon.
Bottom of the Snowdon Quad (no snow and mud).

Other trails:
Rime and Reason: snow park.
Mouse Run and the Killink.
Bottom Bunny Buster and parallel trail lower kept the skier density manageable.

Overall, it was a great day, best November skiing I had in a long time (i.e. Last year was my first year skiing in November since 1991). I can’t talk about Kmart without adding a few negative points. I took a few pictures, however K will already have over 120 trails open by the time I get the pictures finished, scanned and posted.

Pet-Peeve of the Day:
I guess someone heard Joe complaint about the SkiKey racks, I saw one, however I only saw one!!! And my Ski lock was all the way in the Pitts-Parking.

Lifts and Alarm Clock not functioning properly (Superstar Quad being closed for at least 3 hours + poma problems).

Crowds (I have seen worst) and $47 lift ticket.

Skiers (didn’t see any boarders) taking/making cell phone calls on the trails/liftlines, etc.

Guys that pee in toilets instead of using urinals (you will understand when you have a young kid). Not really related to that ski day.

Boarders that sit in the middle of the trail with is back turn at you. Man, is that brave or stupid, especially when you consider the skier traffic Great Northern near the open Snowdon trails (i.e Mouse Run)?


Snowless Superstar.

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MadPat and the Ryans with Highline in the background.

MadPat’s Killington – November 2004 photo gallery

Text originally posted on Mon Nov 22, 2004 5:22 pm on firsttracksonline

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Posted 03 May 2004 – 10:49 AM
Ayant obtenu le feu vert du chiro pour skier cette fin de semaine, nous avons débatu le choix de notre destination: Sunday River ou Ste-Anne?

Initialement, cette fin de semaine devait être un combo Sunday River/Tuckerman Ravine, mais on ne peut pas prévoir ce qui va se passer dans notre vie comme se faire rentrer de plein fouet en attendant un feu rouge en quittant d’Ottawa (3km de la maison) en route vers Tremblant.

Après avoir parler à la madame de Sunday River vendredi matin (pas sûre sur le nombre de pistes (entre 2 et 7), la décision allait se faire samedi matin), nous avons finalement opté pour MSA.

Du monde de Montréal, Laval, Bromont et d’Ottawa tous en route vers Ste-Anne. Les conditions étaient bonnes, mais pas comparable aux deux dernières FDS de fermetures, beaucoup moins de neige. Je crois qu’il y avait 18 pistes ouvertes au lieu de 6.

Rapport de l’an dernier sur FTO.

Photo par Éric B. 1 mai 2004: Mont ste-Anne - versant sud
Photo par Éric B: Versant sud sous la gondole

Photo par Lucky Luke: 1 mai 2004. Sommet vue du côte nord.
Photo par Lucky Luke: Sommet vue du côte nord.

Contrairement à Paraski, nous (du moins le duo Montréal-Ottawa) avons skié le Nord, meilleure piste: la Surprenante (oups, Mélanie Turgeon). Je n’ai pas regretté ma journée, malgré le fait que j’ai eu mal toute la journée (mon chiro connait bien mon niveau de tolérance à la douleur- le pire était le mal de tête). La Pichard était bien aussi, mais mon corps n’avait pas le goût de marcher.

Wolverine, je me rappelle bien d’avoir vu ta gang, à un moment donné, nous avons regardé le gars frisé en télémark qq’secondes à qq’reprise, il ressemblait étrangement à notre ancien ami JF avec qui nous avons skié avec à l’université. Moi, j’étais le gars avec la longue barbichette blanche et des long FELS 202cm attachés aux pieds.

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Posted 03 May 2004 – 04:20 PM
ParaSki dit :

Je me doutais bien que nous n’allions pas rencontrer d’autres Zoneskieurs car il y avait pas mal de monde et Ste-Anne c’est une grosse place…

Merci pour les compliments, des fois je me demandes si j’écris pour rien.

Oui, je sais ce que tu veux dire à propos de rencontrer qq’un. Nous, on ne s’étaient pas donnés rendez-vous entre mon duo MTL-Ottawa et ceux de Bromont-Laval. On s’est vu au sommet autour 1h30-2h. Nos deux groupes pensaient que l’autre avait chocké 😆 . Nous avons bouffé en bas, eux au sommet. Finalement, j’ai reconnu le fils de 8ans de Lucky Luke. Il faut dire qu’on ne portent pas le même linge lorsque nous avons la chance de skier ensemble à -20c.

Ça aurait été difficile que je reconnaisse des zoneskieurs et vous moi, car je ne pourrais pas vous identifiez dans une ligne de suspect au poste de police.

Photo par Lucky Luke: 1 mai 2004. SuperNat, Éric, Lucky, Alex et MadPat au bas du nord.
Photo par Lucky Luke: SuperNat, Éric, Lucky, Alex et MadPat au bas du nord.

Photo par Lucky Luke: 1 mai 2004. SuperNat, MadPat et Éric (versant nord).
Photo par Lucky Luke: SuperNat, MadPat et Éric (versant nord).

Photo par Éric B. 1 mai 2004: Mont Ste-Anne - versant nord
Photo par Éric B: Mont Ste-Anne – versant nord

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Posted 04 May 2004 – 12:30 PM
Frankontour dit :

Par contre, je suis content d’annoncer que l’étendue de ma saison jusqu’à présent est de 197 jours, avec ma sortie d’hier et je vais passer le 200 jours si je vais à la Réserve comme prévu jeudi, le 6 mai ! J’aimerais atteindre 250 jours cette année dans l’est.

Bravo et bonne chance, mon record est de 215… en 1991-92. Oui, c’est uniquement dans l’Est … avec remontées. Ça sera difficile à battre, vue la tendance des saisons de plus en plus courte. J’avais débuté le 9 novembre et terminé ma saison le 11 juin à Killington.

Photo par MadPat: 1 mai 2004. SuperNat et MadPat et la Mazda réparé. En fin de journée au stationnement du Mont Ste-Anne.
Photo par MadPat: SuperNat et MadPat et la Mazda réparée. En fin de journée au stationnement du Mont Ste-Anne.

A propos de reconnaitre des zoneskieurs, il faudrait voir des photos. Paraski et Wolverine, de quoi avez-vous l’air??? On n’aurait pû se croiser sans le savoir. Moi, j’ai reçu des photos de notre petite journée de samedi, j’ai demandé au photographe si je pouvais mettre les photos ici!!!

Fermeture de Ste-Anne en 2002 – journée magique, on avait eu une journée de neige (j’en fait référence sur mon rapport de FTO de l’an dernier).

Photo par MadPat: 1 mai 2004. Mont Ste-Anne, versant sud. Éric, Lucky et SuperNat.
Photo par MadPat: Mont Ste-Anne, versant sud. Éric, Lucky et SuperNat.

Gallerie photo de MadPat: Mont Ste-Anne, mai 2004

Originally posted text on 03 May 2004 – 09:49 AM on zoneski

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It snowed lightly all day Saturday and Sunday in Ottawa. The ski season was getting old and Spring was here, so I decided to head off on 100 miles of snow covered road to Tremblant to use one of my too-many pre-paid tickets. Tremblant’s closing day was only four weeks away.

I had a hard time getting out of bed on Sunday morning (Frank, I guess it doesn’t help when you are busy at work and you only start your weekend at 10:30PM on Friday night. Eh, at least I didn’t go to work on the weekend – not for now at least). I knew I was not going to get first tracks, so I didn’t really hurry. I eventually left Ottawa at 8AM to finally arrive 2:30 hours later (it normally takes 2hours). I opted to drive an extra 15 minutes past the Zoo on the South side and head to the North side parking lot.

Tremblant was reporting 10cm new snow (4 inches) at 7AM (I think), but it was still snowing heavily. This was only my third time at Tremblant this winter, the first being in November. Started my first run of the day from the top on CBC, which was closed on my previous visit two weeks ago. The new trail “Superieur” cuts part of the original trail. CBC definitely Tremblant’s narrowest and twistiest trail (I think that some trees on the sides of the trail were also cut, so it is more forgiving that before). For some reason, the snow was not the greatest, I guess too many people side-slipping.

I had to figure out where there was less skier traffic while trying to stay more or less on the trail. Tried the old-t-bars lines, better, but not great then I started getting serious (I must have been powder snow deprived). Skied a few runs of part of abandon trail (old Grand Prix’s two options) or access trail (t-bars access-this is the deprive part) from the 70s. The snow was great.

I was skiing with my Atomic GS skis, the perfect ski for Tremblant on most days. On my first runs to the bottom of the South side, there a Rossignol Demo tent. Spoke to the rep and 30 minutes later he had a pair of B1s- 176cm waiting for me. Perfect day to test these skis, unfortunately the South side didn’t have any moguls, not even on the steeper Vertige and ZigZag which were skiing great nevertheless. So I decided to go to Tremblant’s ultimate black run, Dynamite!!! Testing the B1s full speed to the bottom of the North Side via Tunnel. Dynamite had been closed at my previous visit, the bumps big and soft in powder (no one ever ski this run). The last pitch (which is a steep rocky drop was closed, like most times) so I cut across to reach the middle of Expo. Expo had I nice patch of ice (30 feet across), skied it, skis held fine, I was impressed. This is not a race ski and it holds!!!

At the bottom, MMMhhhh!!! Let’s go for seconds, I sure the B1s would agree. For the ride back down to the South side, Vertige was the choice run. Top was very edgeable, ice started showing in the middle. Those 4 runs were great, I returned the Rossignol B1s one hour later, took back my 10.22s and heading back to the North for lunch, it was already 2PM. Those Rossi would be great at Mad River Glen.

After lunch, I had to try Dynamite again, even with the 183 GS skis, still had a great time. Also returned to the old Grand Prix, however it was all tracks up now, I guess I wasn’t the only one that skied it that day. I was able to take the last chair at 4:15PM (three or four ahead of the ski patrol).

Not a bad day of skiing, starting at 11AM, I managed to get 18 runs in, regardless of a 45 minutes lunch and time spent at the Demo tent. To complete my day, at the end of the day, I gave a ride for a poor boarder from NYC who ended up on the wrong side of the mountain.

Originally posted on Tue Mar 23, 2004 1:20 pm on firsttracksonline

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