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The news was just confirmed late Thursday afternoon: there won’t anymore chairlift ride in the East to continue skiing. Not a real surprise after last week’s warning that they didn’t expect to have enough snow to open this entire weekend. Killington had hoped that maybe they would be able to offer us one more day on June 1 for bragging right, but making it to June has always been difficult. Even in the year they made it, it required tremendous ressources to build an “artificial glacier” high enough withstand weeks of above freezing temperatures.

Killington’s condition page said it best:

Mother Nature gives, and she takes away too. Unfortunately, the time has come to call it a season. Last night’s storm dropped significant amounts of rain and we’ve just lost too much snow to continue. Thus, we will not operate any more for this season.

Killington is proud to have delivered 192 days of skiing and riding this season, once again offering the longest season in eastern North America!

Thanks to all who encouraged us to try to get to June, but alas we will have to try again next year. With temperatures reaching 80 degrees many times through the month of May, Superstar could not hold on for the final curtain call on Monday, June 1.

This season Killington managed to offer skiers two extra May weekends of skiing compared to any other ski resorts in the East. May 25’s last chair wasn’t the latest closing in recent years, they managed to make it to May 26 two-years ago, but the coverage wasn’t on par with this season’s last day. There was an optimistic hope that they would be able to squeeze another day out of the Superstar snowpack and make it to June 1. It wasn’t going to be. With 192 skiing days, it marks the third-year in a row that the Beast managed over 190 operating days; in context, K hadn’t managed one season over 188, the last time had been as many operating days was prior to the 2002-03 season when 200+ days season was the norm for a quarter-century (see table at the bottom of this post).

There is always hope for next season, Killington fell short three times when they tried to renew with June skiing after the move from Killington Peak to Superstar for their late season focus.

Although it’s been a difficult season elsewhere on the continent; the East had a great year. You know its been a good year in the East or a bad year out West when some Eastern ski resorts rivalled or surpassed some of the main areas out West. The snow started arriving late out West; too late for many. That late season May snow helped Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin extending it’s season to June 14.

Hard times for late season turns out West as ski year-round till Labour Day Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood announced that they would cut the Summer season operations short by three-weeks, closing on August 15, 2015. Summer only area Beartooth Basin scheduled opening May 23 didn’t happen last week; they aren’t simply not going to run due to the low snow year in Montana.

The good news that lifts might have stopped in the East, but it doesn’t mean that the ski season is over. There are still many turns to be made in the East or elsewhere; for those willing to go earn-them and go further to make it happen.

Have fun !!!

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Recap of the late season runners:
Last weekend of April closers:
Ste. Anne QC – April 26
Okemo VT – April 26

First May weekend:
Wachusett MA – May 2
Sunday River ME – May 2
Miller QC – May 3
Sugarbush VT – May 3
Wildcat NH – May 3
Jay VT – May 3
Sugarloaf ME – May 3

Second May weekend:
St-Sauveur QC – May 10

Fourth May weekend:
Killington VT – May 25

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Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 – Killington

*I wasn’t able to confirm definitely that Sugarloaf was open an extra day in 2009 and 2010.

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List of Killington Seasons since 1966-67

** 2012/2013 : Appreciation Day for one October weekend, reopened on November 5. K record states season as “October 13-15, Nov 5 – May 26”
* 2005/2006 : Open for one weekend after huge October storm, reopen on November 19. K record states season as “October 29-30, Nov 19 – May 1”
2008/09 Nov. 2-6, Nov. 19-May 2

Season Open – Close / Ski Days
2014/2015 November 3 – May 25 / 192
2013/2014 October 23 – May 18 / 199
2012/2013** October 13 – May 26 / 195
2011/2012 October 29 – April 22 / 176
2010/2011 November 2 – May 1 / 179
2009/2010 November 7 – April 25 / 153
2008/2009 November 2 – May 2 / 169
2007/2008 November 16 – April 20 / 157
2006/2007 November 23 – May 6 / 165
2005/2006* October 29 – May 1 / 166
2004/2005 November 9 – May 15 / 188
2003/2004 November 10 – May 12 / 184
2002/2003 October 25 – May 26 / 204
2001/2002 November 6 – June 1 / 202
2000/2001 October 29 – May 27 / 202
1999/2000 October 25 – May 29 / 205
1998/1999 October 22 – May 25 / 204
1997/1998 October 1 – May 25 / 205
1996/1997 October 4 – June 22 / 233
1995/1996 October 17 – June 10 / 224
1994/1995 October 3 – June 4 / 214
1993/1994 October 1 – June 9 / 243
1992/1993 October 1 – June 1 / 229
1991/1992 October 21 – June 14 / 226
1990/1991 October 27 – May 28 / 214
1989/1990 October 10 – May 28 / 208
1988/1989 October 13 – May 21 / 211
1987/1988 October 12 – June 1 / 227
1986/1987 October 10 – June 3 / 224
1985/1986 October 1- June 3 / 224
1984/1985 November 3 – June 2 / 212
1983/1984 October 20 – June 21 / 246
1982/1983 October 17 – June 16 / 240
1981/1982 October 20 – June 15 / 225
1980/1981 October 14 – May 27 / 226
1979/1980 October 10 – May 23 / 221
1978/1979 October 16 – May 22 / 219
1977/1978 October 24 – May 23 / 195
1976/1977 October 27 – May 15 / 201
1975/1976 October 30 – May 5 / 173
1974/1975 October 19 – May 12 / 190
1973/1974 November 5 – April 30 / 177
1972/1973 October 20 – April 15 / 184
1971/1972 November 9 – May 18 / 192
1970/1971 November 18 – May 21 / 184
1969/1970 October 24 – May 4 / 178
1968/1969 November 9 – May 10 / 183
1967/1968 November 5 – April 7 / 154
1966/1967 November 4 – May 2 / 180

Source: MadPatSki attic collection

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2015 post:
Early Easter, late Spring : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 1
Melting…snow and list are melting : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 2
Falling temperatures, snow and options – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 3
May or May not? Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 4
May be on Mothers’ Day, Maybe June? – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 5
Mid-May exceptions? – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 6
May be last weekend, May or June ? Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Week 7

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1 state in the East : Vermont!
1 ski area : Killington !!
1 lift running : Superstar Express Quad !!!
1 mile of skiing !!!
1 trail : the mighty Superstar
1 lodge : K1-Base Lodge
1 price for almost everyone (7 to 79) : $39 (unless you a pass, vouchers, 2for1, deals, etc). That turns out to under $2.30 per acre.
4-day long ski weekend : Friday to Memorial Day Monday.

Not much to add, for the second weekend in a row, the only lift spinning in the East is found at Killington. That hasn’t happened in over a decade. Monday will be May 25, which isn’t that exceptional in recent history: 2-years ago Killington closed on May 26. At the end of this weekend, the ski area will be the only one in the East to extend their season beyond May 22, twice! It will also mark the 3rd-year in a row beyond 190 operating days. That is more than 20 above the average days per season during the dark 2002-2012 period. The prior to that, Killington had 25 consecutive season above 200 days. The incredible 246 days happened during this time in 1983-84; that is a huge contrast to their low of 153 days 5 seasons ago in 2009-10. That’s more than an 60% difference in amount of operating days.

The writing was on the blog, although not published (I had to go see my daughter’s play this evening), that this might be the last full weekend of the season. That the snow wasn’t going to last as much as hoped and that the “some walking required” was just around the corner.

Two years ago, the resort aimed for June, but it’s hard to keep snow when the East got a waves of Summer hitting temperatures. They did everything they could to keep going and closed on June 26 with top-to-bottom skiing and walking on Superstar. This season last day might look the same if they close on June 1. As the last time, they offer skiing, walking, a lift running for free if they are open. An opening next weekend isn’t out of the question, but currently unlikely.

Hiking, walking, skiing, walking, skiing, walking and riding a lift, it has been done before. So I wouldn’t be surprise if they do it again. I seem to recall a very late May 1985 and especially June 1, 1993 on a cold day where they was probably as much walking than skiing involved, but yeah, it’s skiing in June. I’ve skied numerous times on June 1, it’s May 30 and 31 that I’ve never skied on. :O

Welcome back to the Beast !!! Best of luck for June !!!

Killington VT – June 1 tentative (Friday to Monday, hoping for June 1, less likely May 29-31)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Trail : Superstar
Cost : $39US lift tickets – Deals : with pass from another mountain (25% off weekends and 50% midweek).

Making it to June isn’t easy, even for the big guns like Killington; they did it before, but it required some tremendous resources to keep it going. The dynamic has changed since the annual June closings. When Killington moved focus on late season operations from Killington Peak to Superstar on Skye Peak, they fell short 3 times before reaching June on a regular basis again with June 1992. If they are committed into making to June a more regular happening, they have to analyse and make adjustments for next season.

Here is the lowdown from K itself:

4:57 pm 05/21/15–Welcome back skiers and riders. It is Memorial Day weekend and that means four days of fun here in Killington. We’ll start things off Friday with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on the expert-level Superstar Trail. In order to preserve snow we’ve kept the grooming to a minimum, smoothing just a single lane down the middle. The groomers have been working for the last two nights to reconnect the upper and lower sections so we will start the weekend with continuous skiing and riding, though we may have some walking required as weekend traffic takes its toll. Natural melting has reduced the size of the moguls so expect delightful medium sized bumps on Friday morning. Conditions change fast in late May so stay tuned for updates.

Looking ahead, we want to prepare you for the possibility that this will be the last weekend. As we’ve said all along, Mother Nature will decide when we pull the plug, and she’s getting insistent. We do plan to run the lift on Monday June 1, and tickets will be complimentary on that day. There will most definitely be multiple mandatory walking sections by then but if skiing or riding in June is on your bucket list, this could be your chance. As for the weekend of May 29-31, we don’t currently plan to operate because we just don’t think the snow will hold up well enough to handle the weekend traffic. If cooler temperatures prevail between now and then, and the snow holds up, we will reassess closer to the weekend.

The Superstar Express Quad will run 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Friday; 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; and 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Memorial Day. Stay tuned right here for updates.

Operating Day: 189

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Mid-May ski areas since 2006 :
2015 : Killington (June 1?)
2014 : St-Sauveur (May 19) and Killington (May 18)
2013 : Killington (May 26) and St-Sauveur (May 19)
2012 : none
2011 : St-Sauveur (May 22) and Jay (May 15)
2010 : none
2009 : none
2008 : none
2007 : none
2006 : none

Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: May 25 or possibly June 1? – Killington

* I wasn’t able to confirm definitely that Sugarloaf was open an extra day in 2009 and 2010.

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2015 post:
Early Easter, late Spring : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 1
Melting…snow and list are melting : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 2
Falling temperatures, snow and options – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 3
May or May not? Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 4
May be on Mothers’ Day, Maybe June? – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 5
Mid-May exceptions? – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 6

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The early May heat and rain took its toll on the snow and remaining ski areas. Jay Peak didn’t make it to Mothers’ Day while St-Sauveur closed out its’ season last Sunday May 10: 9 days earlier than the previous two seasons. Killington has confirmed that they be open Friday to Sunday this weekend and they are still hoping to make it to Monday June 1, but nothing can be taken for granted this time of the season. Temperature has dropped this week, so there is always hope unless you want to open your swimming pool soon.

Killington VT – June 1 tentative (Fri-Sun only then weekends, Memorial day and June 1)
Lift : Superstar Express Quad
Trails : Superstar, but probably not Skye Lark and Bittersweet
Time : 8am (9am Fri) to 5pm
Cost : $54US lift tickets – Deals : with pass from another mountain (25% off weekends and 50% midweek).

Here is the lowdown from K itself:

3:05 pm 05/14/15–Another May extended weekend is upon us – and it’s going to be a good one. We had some rain pass through this week – but have no fear, Superstar is still going strong.

For Friday, we’ll be grooming Superstar top to bottom, but only along the center of the trail. You’ll find soft bumps on the sides, and the middle will bump up nicely throughout the day too. Skyelark and Bittersweet are probably done for the season – we’re going to evaluate Friday morning to see if they can open.

Open terrain is for intermediate and advanced skiers and riders only. Be aware of spring conditions and thin cover; ski or ride with care.

The Superstar Express Quad will spin 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Friday and 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

K-1 Lodge is open Friday through Sunday too offering tickets, rentals and guest services from Killington Sports (lower level). Food and beverage service will be available at K-1 Cafe, with Mahogany Ridge and Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars open for all your apres ski needs.

The Superstar Express Quad will run 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Fridays and 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through May and hopefully into June (closed Mon-Thur). We also plan to be open Memorial Day, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. Stay tuned right here for updates.

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The Big Question ???

The question I’ve gotten from some people is… “Wow, there is still skiing?” As demonstrated from this blog, most ski areas don’t even come close to opening in May, but there is always someone somewhere spinning in May.

“Yes, but it’s mid-May? Isn’t that exceptional?”

Let’s see, the last three seasons had MSS and Kmart go beyond the mid-May.

The 2015 Eastern ski season had Killington and Mont St-Sauveur open last weekend, the later closing on Mothers’ Day; last year we had 3 resorts still open with Jay Peak closing on Mothers’ Day. Last season St-Sauveur and Killington gave us an extra weekend respectively closing on May 19 and 18. It was the same sorry in 2013 with MSS closing again on May 19 and Kmart closing on May 26, their latest closing day since 2003, just falling short from their openly aimed June objective.

“Yes, but those are exceptions, right?

I read from your past blog posts that they were only one season between 2006 and 2012 where someone in the East was open until May 15. (In 2011 Jay and MSS closed respectively on May 15 & 22)”

I guess we can call this period the dark ages of late-season skiing in the East. The perennial late-season extender Killington stepped away from their traditional on last to close mantra. During the 2006-2012 period, Killington didn’t surpassed its rivals for “last closure” once and its average last closing day for those seasons was April 28: Falling to make it to May in 3 times in 7 years. It was also the first time that the once mighty Beast had fail to offer skiing in May since 1974. During this dark period, Killington’s had 3 of the 4 earliest closures since 1969, making it worst time for Killington late-season fans in two generations.

Mid-May ski areas since 2006 :
2015 : Killington (June?)
2014 : St-Sauveur (May 19) and Killington (May 18)
2013 : Killington (May 26) and St-Sauveur (May 19)
2012 : none
2011 : St-Sauveur (May 22) and Jay (May 15)
2010 : none
2009 : none
2008 : none
2007 : none
2006 : none

And How Late Can It Go???

Prior to 2006 (ie. Kmart dark ages), Killington made it to mid-May in every year between 1977 and 2005 : 27 out of 28 seasons. They closed on May 12 in 2004. Even better, in half of those years, Killington closing day occurred 14 times in June.

Killington has written down June 1 as their end of season goal, but has fallen the last time they officially mentioned the month of June as their goal? Is this year the year that they make to June again? In the last millennium Killington was synonymous with the longest season and June skiing when from 1982 to 1997 their stopped spinning into June for 13 out of 16 years. The last time Killington closed in June was back in 2002: it definitely feels like it was in the past millennium.

Flashback to brighter days : Killington VT : Thursday June 11, 1992

Welcome back to the Beast !!! May you continue spinning into June !!!

Last chair in the East since 2006:
2006: May 5 – Bretton Woods
2007: May 6 – MSS, Killington, Sugarbush, Wildcat
2008: May 11 – MSS
2009: May 4? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS, Jay and Sugarbush
2010: May 3? – Sugarloaf on Monday?*, MSS and Jay
2011: May 22 – MSS
2012: May 6 – MSS
2013: May 26 – Killington
2014: May 19 – MSS
2015: beyond May 17 and tentatively June? – Killington

* I wasn’t able to confirm definitely that Sugarloaf was open an extra day in 2009 and 2010.

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Ski Mad World’s weekly Eastern Closing 2015 post:
Early Easter, late Spring : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 1
Melting…snow and list are melting : Eastern Closing Thread 2014-15 – Part 2
Falling temperatures, snow and options – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 3
May or May not? Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 4
May be on Mothers’ Day, Maybe June? – Eastern Closing Thread 2015 – Week 5

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Stoked : June turns and … Birthday turns. Yeah!!!!

Skiing on my birthday. What a beautiful day. A quiet weekday. I did a day trip alone from Montreal that day.

My friend wanted to make me some crepes for my birthday and asked if I could stop over at a crazy early time in Montreal. She wouldn’t join me this time. I was 4 “S” = super stoked to Ski Superstar with the Rossi 4S skis.

My last June turns: 10 days ago on Superstar. Last birthday turns: 1988 on Horstman Glacier.

One thing both days have in common is that it rained both times. Today is totally the opposite, bright sunny bluebird day. A beautiful quiet midweek mid-June sunny ski day.

Not many car in the parking lot, people were parked on the side of the road next to the Superstar Quad. Continuous skiing, corn and bumps was the menu of the day. There was only a short walk involved at the top and to bottom to the snow or on the lift.

At the end of the day as I was getting my boots off, I chatted with a fellow skier, all of a wonderful June day. He gave me a beer and we raised a toast to a memorable day. What a day. All I can say, it was one of my best birthday ever.

At Day 34, this was going to be my last day of 1991-92 season. Kiilington would close on the coming Sunday, June 14; the longest season in the East with a start October 21, and you have to go back to 1983-84 to find a longer and latest end of the season.


A very green Skye and Killington Peaks from Rams Head parking lot. The only snow is on Superstar and a very small patch on Ovation. There wasn’t any snow on the trails on the left of Superstar (picture not posted).


Almost there, just a few more feet.


Need to carry your skis in the chairlift.


Just a short walk at the top of the Headwall.


Wow, Superstar. What amazing condition. No walking required except on and off the lift.


Just before the bottom pitch. Notice the number of cars parked at the bottom. It was a weekday in mid-june after all.


Bottom part of Superstar and end of the snow. Funny how much snow melted in 10 days.


Afterday beer from fellow hardcore skier. No T-shirt, but I got the lift ticket.

MadPat’s Gallery:
Killington, June 11, 1992

Pictures and describing text has been initially posted as part of the “Killington mostly June 11, 1992 pics” thread on Sat Jun 28, 2003 10:34 pm on firsttracksonline Link to images have long been broken

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Killington made it!!! I made it, first time skiing in June, with the exception of that BC trip in June 1988.

After 3 seasons of falling short, Killington managed to make it to June 1st for the first time since 1988, the last season late Spring operation on Killington Peak. This marked first time since they moved Spring operation onto the “new” Superstar trail in 1989 that Killington made it to June.

June has always been a special time of the year since I was a young kid. June = end of school year, beginning over Summer Holidays and MadPat’s birthday. Skiing in June has always been specially special. 😀 Did it at Blackcomb in 1988 and now finally in the East in 1992. I had hoped to make it in 1984 one week after my first ever trip down to Killington at 18, however I couldn’t find skiing partners to share the 3 hour drive with me. Same thing happened in 1985 when we skied less than one week from June, but main skiing partner was starting a summer job and the skiing in late May 1985 had been at the pathetic level. Over the years I found out that you couldn’t wait after someone else, not going wasn’t an option simply because you wouldn’t find anyone else crazy enough to join you skiing in June…this applies to anything else from skiing, traveling, concerts to movies. I didn’t have anyone to ski with me in June again, but that wasn’t going to stop me. However I didn’t up going alone, another fellow grad student would join me on this Day trip. Caroline had grown up in the Alps and was curious on June skiing in Vermont. Her year in Canada was almost over and accepted the invitation. Caroline and I had skied together once in April at Tremblant, but this time she would bring her stuff to work in the lodge.

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It was a pretty gray, foggy and wet day this June 1 at Killington. Although it was Monday, it didn’t stop from showing up. I wanted to register for the June 1 Fun Slalom, however it was open to the first 200 participants to register. I was too late, I’ll know next time to leave super early. Although the skiing was free, you still had to get your lift ticket at the ski shop. The ski shop was also handing out free plastic bag for the rain. Today was definitely a totally different day from that bring warm sunny day over one week ago. It was pretty crowded with a Monday in the rain, regardless of the free skiing. In the middle of Superstar, there was the June Fun Slalom course on skier right. Looked like fun. The skiing was still top-to-bottom without removing, definitely better coverage than the previous late May years on Superstar. Although my face was wet, I still had a wide smile on my face. Looks like they can still spin at least another week…so there is hope that I get to bag myself birthday turns in 1992.

As I was taking the scenic route though Vermont back to Canada on the way home and listening Caroline’s cassettes, the sun started coming out. What a beautiful day.

Taken from one of Caroline’s cassettes:

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Looks like June turns are a distinct possibility this season.

Now that the end of the semester is over, I’m milking out of the season as long as I can. This is day #3 in May and its going to be the latest I’ve skied in the East since May 1985.

Two weeks since that memorable trip to Tuckerman, lift served skiing was still alive and well in Vermont. Another spring time tradition that includes late May bumps, corn and sun. I’ve only skipped one year of K May turns in the last 9 seasons.

Managed to get away from Montreal on Friday get enjoy the sun and get the crowds. Fellow Grad was in for a day trip, this was the first time I would ski with the one that would be later known as SuperNat. Bright blue sky on the drive down, as we were one hour away on Interstate 89, you could clearly get a good view on Superstar.

A beautiful day, long straight 207s Rossi 4S skis, bumps, t-shirt, excellent company and sun…what else to you need to know? Excellent coverage ski-in and ski-off the lift and only 9 days away from June.

Killington hadn’t made it to June since they switch spring time operation away from Killington Peak via the Peak double onto Skye Peak with the “new” Superstar served by a quad. A much warmer atmosphere to also more challenge to later in the season. It would seem that Killington can only make it to June if they stockpiled an increase amount of snow on Superstar. Looks like they made enough snow this year…see you in June. 😛

I didn’t that much this season as completing my thesis was my main focus. Today was day 32 of my season and hoping to get one more day in to close out the 1991-92 season.


Picture by SuperNat

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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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