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The following were initially posted in two ski forums: The French on Zoneski and the English on First Tracks Online. The English was initially a followup to another user initial TR. Some information to the English version to give a more accurate account of the day.

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Posté lundi le 16 mai 2005 à 8h43
Super belle journée de ski les amis. 😀 😀 😀

Je m’en ressens encore aujourd’hui. 😯

La météo était un peu incertaine ce matin là. J’ai même eu des doutes lors de mon départ de Montréal tôt samedi matin sous la pluie, mais une fois à Killington la météo était mieux. Très sombre et nuageux, il y a eu qq gouttes (pas assez pour appeler ça de la pluie) pendant 15-30 minutes en après-midi.

Je skiais en t-shirt à Mont St-Sauveur la fds précédente, ce samedi j’avais un manteau. Il ventait beaucoup.

Pour moi, ce fut un peu un retour aux sources cette saison; typique de mes saisons du siècle dernier, Killington en novembre et en mai.

Les conditions : TROIS pistes!!!

1) Bittersweet : Un à deux passages de neige très étroits qui se sont dégradés rapidement à force de passer. La couverture sur le bas de Bittersweet était bien et nettement plus achalandé par les skieurs arrivant de Skye Lark.

2) Skye Lark : Meilleure couverture de neige, aucune passe rocheuse. Cette dernière rejoignait Bittersweet à partir de High Road (Lower Skye Lark ayant fermé). Parcontre la longueur de cette piste à elle seule était probablement l’équivalent de la Côte 70 à MSS.

3) Superstar : Bosses mur à mur. Rien d’autre à ajouter. Les bosses étaient FULL gros sel, malgré la température.

Les à-côtés :

Dimanche était la dernière journée de la saison pour Killington. JAMAIS Killington n’a eu de si bonnes conditions pour sa fermeture. Aucune obligation d’enlever ses skis pour se rendre à la piste ou aux chaises. Par mon expérience avec le ski de printemps sur Superstar au cours des années 80 et 90 ; la montagne n’aurait pas eu de difficulter pour se rendre à la prochaine FDS. Il aurait probablement perdu la partie experte de Bittersweet et peut-être le combo Skye Lark-Lower Bittersweet si la météo est extrêmement mauvaise pour la neige, et peut-être avoir une obligation de marcher pour se rendre au Headwall de Superstar… mais le reste de Superstar sera plus ou moins intact pour possiblement une à deux semaines de plus. D’ailleurs, il y avait une petition pour que la station soit ouverte la FDS prochaine. Moi, je ne pourrais pas y être, car Morgane à une compétition de danse. 8)

Le monde? Il y avait nettement plus de monde qu’à la chaude journée ensoleillée à MSS et ceci malgré la température incertaine de samedi. Il faut dire que c’était aussi le 15ème Killington Triathlon (Ski-Vélo-Course). 15 ans déjà? Je me rappelle de la 1ere année, la course avait toujours lieu la FDS du Memorial Day (dernière FDS de mai).

Ski et musique écoeurante : il y avait un band qui jouait au pied de Superstar, on les entendaient clairement sur le dernier pitch. À la fin de ma journée à 16 heures, au lieu de porter mon stock à l’auto, j’ai écouté le SHOW. Le groupe était CAMPER VAN BEETHOVEN. WOW!!! 😯

Site web AllMusic :Camper Van Beethoven


Sons Of The New Golden West

Le retour fut relax, le soleil est finalement sorti à 17h30. Un gros soleil pour la route du retour via Rutland, 30 minutes de plus en passant par les routes 4 et 7 vers Burlington au lieu de l’autoroute 89.

Désolé les gars, pas de photo. J’ai déjà tellement de photos de Killington en mai. 😀


Skinhead Stomp

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Killington 5/14/05 : Full description by skiadikt on First Tracks Online, Sun May 15, 2005 8:56 pm

Mon May 16, 2005 9:13 am
skiadikt wrote:

saturday rocked.
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supe looks great and could probably last ’til memorial.
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there may still be some hope as there was a petition circulating asking that they keep the mountain open ’til the snow runs out. doubt it but we’ll see … in any case supe’s definitely worth the hike if you’re into earning some.

I signed the petition… but I have to agree with Jim, I am afraid the lifts have shutdown until next November. 😥

Snow coverage (I haven’t skied K in the Spring in the last few seasons, but the only year I recall so much snow since the New Superstar arrived on the scene in 1987-88 would be in May 1997. I remember skiing late May where the Vertigo and Great Eastern-Snowsheed crossover combo were still open. I also skiied on June 1st and June 15th that year. With the amount of snow, if Kmart had the same attitude as the “good old days”, they would have easily spun the lift for an extra week or two.


Pictures of Matchstick Men

Saturday was definitely rocking, especially when the soundtrack to Lower Superstar skiing was Camper Van Beethoven. You could clearly hear the music on Superstar lower pitch. At 4pm, instead of bringing my gear to the car, I stayed and watched the rest of the show. 8) This was the first time I had seen a stage slopeside,

AllMusic website :Camper Van Beethoven

A gray day, rain drops and uncertain weather made me have doubt about leaving Montreal early this Saturday morning. Killington in 2004-05 was a return to my roots: skiing at Kmart on the bookends of the season (November and May).

Dark and cloudy at Killington with a few drops during the day, but not enough to call it rain. What a contrast compared to the previous weekend’s t-shirt skiing at Mont St-Sauveur. Today was windy, gray and I was skiing in a jacket.

A quick summary of the conditions : three trails

Bittersweet : one or two passages were getting real thin as people skied on them. The lower part of the trail had better coverage and was busier with skiing arriving from Skye Lark.

Skye Lark : better snow coverage with no rocky parts. The trail joined Bittersweet from High Road, Lower Skye Lark being closed.

Superstar : Wall-to-wall bumps. Nothing else to add. Moguls were FULL corn, regardless of the less than ideal weather.

Sunday was Killington’s last day of the season. As mentioned above, I’ve had never seen Killington which such good conditions on their closing day. No walking required, 3 runs, they could have definitely made it for one or two extra weekends.

People? There were definitely more people than at MSS the previous weekend. It was also the 15th Killington Triathlon (Ski-Bike-Race). I remember skiing on the day of their 1st Triathlon on Memorial Day.

After this great day, I had a relaxing drive back home. The sun finally came out at 5:30pm. I choose the longer way home via Rutland with Highways 4 and 7 towards Burlington instead of using Interstate 89.

Sorry, no pictures. I already have a ton of Killington May pictures. 😀


The Long Plastic Hallway

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Tue May 17, 2005 7:01 am
nymous wrote:

So…having a signed petition from a bunch of passholders makes spinning lifts for 20 people profitable…sometimes you all amaze me.

Am I a passholder ❓ If I would known I wouldn’t have PAID $39 US!!!

The sheet I signed only add 2 passholders on a whole page (check box for passholders). I noticed there were other fellow Canadians from Montreal, Sherbrooke that also signed, I would be very surprised if they were passholders too.

We had this discussion last year, some of us only show up at Killington when it’s the only show in town. After skied the previous weekend elsewhere, I showed up for my first and last day at Killington in 2004-05.

I never said it might be profitable, some ski areas are not profitable after Easter but still run their lifts as long as they can. I don’t question the right for K to close or not, it’s was just a petition – K can do what they wish.

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Fri May 20, 2005 8:58 am
Tony Crocker wrote:

I do think managements at traditional spring areas should show some flexibility depending upon the snowpack. I’m obviously spoiled by Mammoth in this regard, as it puts way more management effort into spring skiing than anyone else.

Personnaly I don’t have a problem with K closing policy. The main issue for me (as stated elsewhere regarding MSS) is the Marketing of it. I can’t stand the :bs: about making it to June, being open until this date or other very very optimistic predictions. The same as the snow report I guess? 🙄

I have to hand it to K this year, as a non-regular K skier, the BS seemed to be at a minimum reading open/closing dates. That said, a bit of flexibility would’ve been nice. I mentioned this above, Killington have never seen this much snow on a closing weekend in the 20 years I have skied there.

Plus, only one other time (1997) that I have seen some much snow in mid-May since the Spring operations were moved to Superstar in 1987-88. So it would have nice to have skiing for this long Canadian weekend. 8)

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Interstellar Overdrive

Camper Van Beethoven Setlist for the Killington show. A recording exists.
1. Mao Remoinisces About His Days In Southern China
2. Abundance
3. Tania
4. Eye Of Fatima Pts. I & II
5. Prelude
6. Sons Of The New Golden West
7. 51-7
8. Circles
9. White Riot (Strummer/Jones)
10. Wasted (Ginn/Morris)
11. Shut Us Down
12. R ‘n’ R Uzbekistan
13. Might Makes Right
14. Militia Song
15. Take The Skinheads Bowling
16. Skinhead Stomp
17. All Her Favorite Fruit
18. Sweethearts
19. Pictures Of Matchstick Men (Rossi)
20. “We’re Camper Van Beethoven”
21. That Gum You Like Is Back In Style
22. “Hunter S. Thompson”
23. The Long Plastic Hallway
24. Hippy Chix
25. Interstellar Overdrive (Barrett/Waters/Wright/Mason)
26. (Outro)

Originally posted texts on Mon 16 May, 2005 08:43 am on zoneski and on Mon May 16, 2004 9:16 am on firsttracksonline

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