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They have opened before where there was no snow on the head wall and you had to walk down guided by a rope. also had to walk the last 200 yards to get to the lift.
that went quickly
This is the first time since I've been paying any attention that there was no "S" on Preston's Pitch seemed to go from covered to a complete breach at that water bar
Noticed at other ski areas that the race trails always keep snow the longest as they make snow a little wetter and it gets hard.The other thing that I didn't think of until now is that there was no race this year. That snow was basically an impenetrable base (although the skiing was definitely better this year as far as softness goes). That's one reason it's disappearing quicker than expected.
Some "experts" early on also told him Superstar was too steep to hold snow and he was wasting his time cutting a trail there. See how that worked out.Found these interesting comments on early/late season profitability from Killington founder Preston Smith (for whom the Prestons Pitch section of Superstar is named)
Editor's note: Killington Resort celebrates its 50th anniversary on Saturday. Founder Preston Leete Smith opened the ski area with two lifts and seven trails. Today, Killington operates across six mountainswww.rutlandherald.com
extending the season, I think Killington lent itself to the long season to begin with. A very well defined bowl (Killington basin) facing northeast, the highest elevation skiing in Vermont, it really was obvious that extending the season would be worthwhile. Q: Was that done for marketing purposes because the number of skiers drop toward the end of the season? Smith: No. Because if you extend the season on both ends you have many more days of income. We had mostly year-round employees to begin with. Every dollar that came in the extended shoulders of the season was a plus on the bottom line.