Saturday, December 27, 2014
5:00 pm 12/26/14--Mother Nature is playing hard to get, skiers and riders, but the Beast is a determined... well, Beast. Marginal temperatures are forcing the snowmakers to higher elevations but they will keep making snow on Rime, Upper Chute, and Bear Trax until rising temps finally shut them down Saturday morning. While warm air silences the snow guns Saturday and Sunday, snowmakers will still be hard at work, setting up equipment for their next objective: resurfacing open terrain and marching down Great Eastern toward Skyeship Base Lodge. Stay tuned.
The groomers are pulling out all the stops Friday night, flattening and buffing the usual suspects and a few surprise trails that rarely see the underside of a snowcat. Old Superstar is on the list, and so are Escapade, Upper Great Bear, and Dream Maker Headwall. All easier terrain will also be groomed, including Swirl, and Header. In all, 76 trails are slated for grooming and thats just about as many trails as 2 shifts of grooming operators can possibly manage before the lifts turn at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.
19 lifts are scheduled to turn and key lifts will operate from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The Beast offers 2 full featured parks to keep you jibbing and jumping all day: Easy Street with 15 features plus the Lil' Stash for progressing riders and Mouse Run Park with 22 features at the top of Snowdon. The Stash is coming online very soon and the Kparks crew is working on a fourth park on Timberline, so stay tuned.
The Tubing Park is open for the season! Weekend hours are 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. Sunday. Get the full schedule and all the details here.
Bear Mountain, Snowshed, Ramshead, and K-1 Base Lodges are open with all services, and the Peak Lodge is open daily with food and drink service from one hour after the lifts open until 3:00 p.m.
Remember, your Killington lift pass grants you access to Pico Mountain too. Combined, the two resorts are currently offering over 100 trails totaling nearly 50 miles of open terrain - the most in the East. Get the details at picomountain.com.
We open first each year for a reason. The first 50 days of the longest season in the East are already behind us, so we offer you 50 Shades of Beast.
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