Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

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Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby EMSC » Fri Oct 19, 2018 10:22 am

Both ski areas opened today Oct 19th after a short cold snap and only have short upper mountain sections open.

At Killington up/downloading as usual on the K1 Gondola with a hike on the peak walkway over to the skiing. Pass holders only for today and then general public starting Sat.

Sunday River has 2 short trail sections accessed by the mid-station and above on Locke. Although only open weekends till sometime in Nov.

Ironic that both opened in such short time and on the same day as ABasin. Though per snow reports they have 5 and 7 acres of skiing open on very thin bases (as low as 6"). Vs ABasin having 28 acres open (only one trail) and on a solid 18" base depth. Two very different methods of opening for the season for sure.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Oct 19, 2018 12:25 pm

Really not that different. None of these places would be open without the snowmaking. The skiing is probably rather similar now. The eastern skiing will get worse the first time it rains, and it rains A LOT in the Northeast in November.

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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby jamesdeluxe » Fri Oct 19, 2018 1:35 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:Patrick, better get out there and claim month #157 soon!!!

You forgot the obligatory "tail wagging the dog" line.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Oct 19, 2018 4:35 pm

jamesdeluxe wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:Patrick, better get out there and claim month #157 soon!!!

You forgot the obligatory "tail wagging the dog" line.

No need to :dead horse: any more. Patrick is truly committed, might as well encourage it at this point. Eventually someone in the ski media should pick up on this.

On that Australian forum Patrick commented that he has more ski days in the Southern Hemisphere than in western North America. That's OK. I have more than 4x as many ski days in the Southern Hemisphere as in eastern North America. :-P
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Patrick » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:10 am

EMSC wrote:Both ski areas opened today Oct 19th after a short cold snap and only have short upper mountain sections open.

At Killington up/downloading as usual on the K1 Gondola with a hike on the peak walkway over to the skiing. Pass holders only for today and then general public starting Sat.


Saw this coming before hand and I was hoping to go to Sunday River last Friday for opening, but having left from Ottawa at 6ish in the morning Thursday to deal with Montreal housing issues followed by a PIL concert that evening...I thought it was wiser to pass. I tied it in with my next trip to Montreal made it out this past Wednesday at Killington.

Conditions were really really nice (checkout my post on Instagram @madpatski)

Today Friday, MSS opened.
Tomorrow Saturday: Mount Snow and Wildcat (top to bottom) also open. NH and Maine got dumped on.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Patrick » Sat Oct 27, 2018 12:12 am

Tony Crocker wrote:
jamesdeluxe wrote:
Tony Crocker wrote:Patrick, better get out there and claim month #157 soon!!!

You forgot the obligatory "tail wagging the dog" line.


I forgot to mention, but I started looking for a possible ski trip to South Africa. ;)
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Tony Crocker » Sun Oct 28, 2018 1:57 pm

Patrick wrote:I forgot to mention, but I started looking for a possible ski trip to South Africa. ;)

I might join you for that one: my last unskied continent and probably where I'm most likely to get it.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Patrick » Mon Oct 29, 2018 3:43 pm

Tony Crocker wrote:
Patrick wrote:I forgot to mention, but I started looking for a possible ski trip to South Africa. ;)

I might join you for that one: my last unskied continent and probably where I'm most likely to get it.


Morocco has definitely the best liftserved skiing on the continent, but you skiing in South Africa and Lesotho is pretty high the exotic scale.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Oct 30, 2018 1:20 pm

The opportunity cost of going to Morocco in its short January/February season is high for most of us lift served skiers. My friend Richard traveled to Morocco once, passed by the Oukaimeden ski area in late February and saw it closed with only patchy snow on the ground.

The higher Atlas Mountains up to 13,000 feet are a noted destination for serious backcountry skiers. Ice Axe Expeditions, who run the Antarctic ski cruises, has run a couple of trips to Morocco.

Winter is peak safari season in southern Africa, good reason to spend 2-3 weeks there, during which it's easy to detour for a day or two of skiing, even though it's the WROD.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby jamesdeluxe » Thu Nov 22, 2018 5:37 am

Looks like Tony may get comparatively lucky with his early-season NE trip. Here's a report from Magic in southern VT: 33 trails open/rock skis subtly recommended.

Needless to say: between now and his visit, things around here can change drastically, and not necessarily in our favor.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Tony Crocker » Fri Nov 23, 2018 9:10 pm

We are quite pleased with progress so far. There is a decent variety of terrain open at Killington and Sugarbush, more now than would be average for early December.

I do see a mixed precipitation forecast for early next week though.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby jamesdeluxe » Sat Nov 24, 2018 5:31 am

Shockingly good conditions for late November in NYS from reports yesterday:

Greek Peak:
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Hunter from Jason (I begged him to take pix but he refused)
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Tony Crocker » Sat Nov 24, 2018 8:17 pm

Hunter might be worth considering on our last day before flying home from EWR.
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby jasoncapecod » Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:18 am

I'm a Hunter fanboy, that said , no way would I go out of my way to ski there..
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Re: Killington and Sunday River are Open for 18-19

Postby Tony Crocker » Tue Nov 27, 2018 11:22 am

We fly home from EWR early Dec. 8. We will definitely be in Vermont through Dec. 6, could ski up there Dec. 7 too and drive late.
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