Inbounds Skiing and Riding at Killington
Posted December 31, 2012
Mother Nature has been kind to Killington Resort to the tune of nearly three feet of new snow in the last week. With the combination of snowmaking around the clock and natural snow, Ski Patrol was able to open an additional 54 trails since Wednesday, December 26 including many gladed trails like Julio, Patsy’s, Anarchy, Somewhere, Nowhere, to name a few.
All the new snow has also lured amateur skiers and riders to the sidecountry in search of fresh powder outside the resort’s area boundaries, a decision that could lead to a search involving the Vermont State Police, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, members of the Killington Ski Patrol, Killington Volunteer Fire Department and our local Volunteer Search and Rescue Team as well as an unplanned stay in the woods.
While it is not illegal to ski out of the ski area boundary in Vermont like it is in some western states, Vermont law does state that skiers/riders are liable for all expenses of search and rescue if you ski or ride beyond the ski area boundary and a search is conducted. Killington Resort wants all guests to have a fun and safe experience therefore Killington always recommends that skiers and riders to stay within the ski area boundary.
Be safe and always ski or ride with a buddy. We’re off to a great winter season, and there’s tons of diverse terrain at Killington including 71 miles of inbounds skiing and riding on classic New England glades and steeps.
If you are interested in taking a guided sidecountry tour, Killington’s Snow Sports School is offering an all-new program, Sidecountry Private Lessons for up to five intermediate and above level skiers or riders. Lead by our Snow Sports School instructors, Sidecountry Private Lessons will show you a new side of The Beast in a safe, guided lesson.
Killington Snow Sports School teamed up with adventure skier, Dan Egan, and developed a weekend long sidecountry program, Exploring The Beast, February 15-16; 17-18 and March 9-10, 2013. This program, geared for intermediate and above level skiers, features a unique experience with a backcountry component.
Keep in mind the following message found on Killington Trail Maps:
SKI OR SNOWBOARD ONLY ON OPEN, DESIGNATED TRAILS, SLOPES, FREESTYLE AND TREE SKIING AREAS. NEVER SKI OR SNOWBOARD ALONE.
Woods and backcountry areas beyond open and designated trails are not maintained or checked by ski area personnel. Killington assumes no responsibility for safety of, or injury, death or damages to skiers or snowboarders going beyond open, designated areas or the ski area boundary (shown by a dotted yellow line bordering the map). VERMONT LAW provides that you are liable for all expenses of search and rescue if you ski or snowboard off the open, designated trails, slopes, freestyle and tree skiing areas or beyond the ski area boundary and a search is conducted.