Radio Ron rocks !!
Date(s) Skied: 4/2/2012
Resort or Ski Area: Killington, VT
Conditions: Packed Powder, Some Boilerplate
While returning from skiing in Maine, I stopped in Rutland about 10:30 PM. I'd been driving in the rain, and wasn't feeling finishing my trip. I checked Killington's website, and saw that they would be open Monday. I really didn't want to drop anymore money on hotels, so I decided to sleep in my car, and hit Killington in the morning. I found a twenty four hour Dunkin Donuts, and hung there playing with my phone till three in the morning. I then headed to Killington, and attempted to catch some z's.
I parked behind a box van that was parked in front of the K1 Lodge. It was cool watching the groomers do their work from my car. You could barely see their lights as they neared the top of the trail, as they became engulfed in the clouds. I tossed and turned for a while, I started the car twice to take the chill off. I lamented the fact that I almost grabbed one of my down bags for the trip, but didn't. It was starting to get light as I finally was able to sleep. I awoke around 8:30, and drove down the access road in search of breakfast. I returned and had to wait till 9:30 for customer service to open. While at DD, I decided to check Liftopia and found I could buy a pass for $36. I worried about having to print out a voucher, when I read they could actually scan the bar code displayed while viewing the email on the phone itself, modern technology, gotta love it. Saved me $13, paid for lunch.
Since Killington did not make snow earlier in the week, I anticipated firm conditions in the early morning. It did snow off and on in the valley, but no snow had accumulated on my car while I was there. The conditions were great, the summit recieved two or three inches overnight. Groomed in with the corn, it made for a fun surface, edgable, but with some give to it. It didn't take long for ice to become exposed. I thought by afternoon the majority of the trail would be scrapped down to the ice beneath, this was not the case. The edges of the trail remained relatively soft all day. The center did have considerable slick spots, but were only an issue if you tried to edge on them.
Skylark was Okay. Where it merges into Bittersweet was quite thin. The snow there was brown first thing in the morning. Lower Skylark, which was ungroomed bumps, was open. I didn't ski it. It was probably pretty good first thing with the couple inches on top. I saw tracks leading into the trail in the morning. I skied for about an hour when I encountered the infamous Bird Man. I said, "Hey aren't you the Bird Man?", I ended up skiing with him most of the day. Interesting character to say the least. He's pretty friggin big too, 6' 7", he said, and probably about 300lbs. He's a pretty good skier, he doesn't look like he's moving very fast, but he gets down the hill pretty quick. As the day wore on, we noticed someone shooting footage. I mentioned that it might be Meathead Films, sure enough, Radio Ron and the boys. Radio Ron says hi Nick.
So, between skiing with the Bird Man, and hanging a bit with the Meathead boys, it was a pretty fun day. I almost made it till close, I quit at 4:30 after getting sloppy and catching an edge. I didn't crash, but I figured discretion was the better part of valor at that point. I must have made forty runs on Superstar, it was great. The only bad thing today was the wind. It started blowing later in the morning, and was howling right up the trail the rest of the day. By the end of the day, the top twenty yards or so of the head wall was bare ice, reminded me of Whiteface, on a smaller scale.
Early in the morning, the bumps skier's right on top skied nicely.
View from above.
Good view of the bumps.
The Bird Man
Radio Ron, the radio really works, I asked him if it were so, or just a prop. Bird Man in the background.
Ron, hitting the bumps.
Still a ton of snow, in spite of the recent weather.
I'm spent, time for some real sleep. Back to reality tomorrow. I thought I wasn't even going to ski on this vacation. I had five incredible days in New England.
Last edited by Cornhead; Apr 2, 2012 at 10:48 PM.
Great trip report! It will be interesting to see how long the Superstar base holds up and how long Killington will remain open with lift service skiing.
Thanks for the report! Sleeping in your car to ski the mighty K is core!
Best effort I have heard of this year. Way to go.
Corny FTW !!
Surround yourself with Positivity , Live Life , Collect Friends not Stuff and Avoid Negative Nuts
I used to work second shift and watch my Son during the day, I got three to four hours sleep a night. I guess it was training.
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