Killington, VT - March 3rd, 2017
I didn't get out all year last year. It's hard to be an east coaster - some years it is amazing conditions and some years its not.
With the early promise of a good snow year, I had high expectations for a Vermont trip in March. Killington has been high on my list and is called the "Beast of the East." They manage their snow conditions and have the most aggressive snow making and the longest season. I was beyond excited.
When we headed north, the temperature on the dashboard read 70 degrees. It was too late to change our plans at that point. There was a cool down and a tiny bit of snow in the forecast, so we held off the first day and enjoyed Long Trail Brewing Company and the town of Woodstock.
On Friday morning, I got all geared up and hit the road to the mountain. We arrived and struggled to figure out the best parking situation. The mountain is big and we didn't really know where we were heading. We found the ticket booth and got our lift tickets. We realized at that point that we weren't in the best spot to start our day. It took us a while to figure out where the best spots were. There was a lot of ice (thanks to the warm up) and a lot of runs that were closed.
Once we got on the gondola, the day turned around. We found our way to the peak of Killington Mountain. The conditions were the best of the day (which still weren't that greatt) and even though it was busy, we had finally found our jam.
The challenging terrain was lacking that day. I think most of the tough stuff was closed due to that warm up. The ice provided a decent challenge, but not the fun kind. East Coast ice will always provide a little challenge.
On a good snow year, this is a place that I would drop everything and spend a weekend at. The staff was awesome and led you to best places. There's a large variety of terrain when everything is open. The on-mountain amenities were amazing and exactly what you're looking for when spending the weekend on the hill. Getting to the top and seeing that you're surrounded by the Green Mountains is pretty spectacular as well.
I was let down by the whole experience, but it was climate change. Killington is an amazing location, but I was missing the "wow" factor for me. There was no white fluffy stuff, there was no epic moments. We made the best of a shitty situation and I will definitely return to face the beast in all its glory. No one is mad about spending a weekend in Vermont no matter what the conditions.
Last note - this was the first time I really got to use the Snocru app - it's awesome. Here were the stats for the day:
Speed: 40 MPH
Distance: 17.6 miles
Vertical Feet: 12,940 ft descent