Giving Thanks

By:  Greg
November 27, 2009 8:18 pm | Category: Quick Update, Skiing

A portion of the FIS crew headed up to Killington on Thanksgiving Day to assess the damage, and harvest thankfully whatever snow remained.

Below the Bunny Buster poma lift the snow was completely ruined. Although occasional patches remain, all snow at low elevations was extremely dirty and full of rocks. It will take some work by Killington’s mountain operations staff to refresh these surfaces.

Up high the primary pistes were in fine condition with a few bare spots, but nothing that can’t be spruced up with a few hours snow making or snow machine work. On the one hand all of us were surprised that Killington didn’t make a bigger effort to save face, and open on for the big Thanksgiving weekend. Only a small effort using the truck system from the late 90’s and the Canyon Quad for up/downloading would have brought skiing to Killington Mountain Resort on Thanksgiving. It was sad to see the access road completely devoid of customers. The loss of business and money to the region was apparent. On the other hand however, having the pistes entirely to ourselves (save one other group of three telemark skiers) was quite a treat which I would be hard pressed to admit I didn’t enjoy. Here’s a few pictures in no particular order. Hopefully you can use these to gauge where on Killington you might head to harvest some powder turns after the storm cometh.

The “up”.

Ugly near the Bunny Buster pumphouse.

Skins on! Dog happy!

Prediction of the Giants Game by KC

Telemark party descending the Rime trail

Michael descend Rime with Putnam in hot pursuit. Conditions were perfect. Will make for a nice base if the powder arrives.

A small bare patch at the Great Northern/Rime intersection.

Back up!

Top of the terrain park.


Heading to Stowe soon, and hoping for face shots!



  1. Harvey44
    wrote on November 27th, 2009 at 10:39 pm  

    Very nice images Greg. Way to get it. Great that Kmart “let” you have at it too.

    • Greg
      wrote on November 27th, 2009 at 10:43 pm  

      We may have made some evasive maneuvers near phase 1 of this adventure… :D

  2. Dwyer
    wrote on November 28th, 2009 at 10:21 am  

    Looks like you boys and girls were just impeding progress.

    • Greg
      wrote on November 29th, 2009 at 7:02 pm  

      I couldn’t agree more!

  3. Shawn N Amanda
    wrote on February 3rd, 2010 at 2:30 pm  

    Thats awesome, will try it with the wife on a single plank. Oh ya our Bernard will be our escort as well.

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