Thursday, December 18, 2014
4:26 pm 12/17/14--Killington's historical average snowfall for December is 33 inches and, with two weeks left in the month, the Beast has already received 32. The weatherman is calling for 1-3 overnight, so well keep fingers crossed that our above-average December continues.
32 inches is a lot of snow and it's also the reason that Killington boasts so much terrain, so early in the season; more miles of open terrain than any other Eastern resort, in fact. Natural snow terrain at Bear Mountain is back in the trail count for Thursday, although falling temperatures on Wednesday night may force us to adjust that count in the morning. Killington Patrol will make that assessment first thing, but for now we expect to have 111 trails open. 44 trails are slated for grooming, including such signature trails as Superstar, Cascade, and East Fall. Of course well also groom the vast majority of our easier terrain, as we always do, to give learning skiers and riders the best possible experience.
Bear Mountain terrain will be for expert skiers and riders only, and will be served by the Bear Mountain Quad. Snowshed Crossover will be open to allow Bear Mountain skiers and riders access to the Needles Eye area and the rest of the mountain. Please note that if the Bear Mountain terrain does not remain open, the the Bear Mountain Quad will not turn, and the Bear Mountain Lodge will not open.
Eleven lifts are scheduled, with key lifts turning from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
The Killington Parks Crew brings you not one, not two, but three parks: Easy Street with 7 features in the Lil' Stash for progressing riders, Reason with 6 features at North Ridge and Mouse Run Park with 20 features at the top of Snowdon. Timberline is up next, and stay tuned - the snow guns have been blasting The Stash top to bottom.
Bear Mountain, Snowshed 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. Ramshead Base Lodge will only be open for youth Snow Sports Lessons and the Friendly Penguin Child Care Center Monday through Friday, but will be open with full services on the weekend.
Pico Mountain is open and your Killington lift pass is good there too. Get the details at picomountain.com.
We make sure to open first each year for a reason. The first 40 days of the longest season in the East are already behind us.
Operating Day: 46