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Dec 302017
 

Brrrr … Holy COLD Outside! Christmas week vacationers have been braving the COLD temps this week! Every day has been zero and below, way too cold for man nor beast. We have a steady snow coming down now, with temps staying at -8 to -16 degrees tonight and a high of 5 degrees for Sunday and Monday. After a solid week of it… Arctic Temps are sticking with us until the middle of next week. Maybe 20 degrees on Wednesday! Then frigid again Friday. Looks like January cold is here to stay!

The sun’s been out, so cross country, backcountry, uphill … alpine touring  and snowshoeing in the woods could be the best choices til the temps come up a bit, for any extended time lift service skiing. Keeping moving will be the key! And warm mittens!

No adventures into the unknown!  Not a bright idea! A friend of ours picked up a couple of teenagers, ( 1 snowboard/ 1 skier) way outside the area at 3:00 in the afternoon, at zero degrees!  this week, and ‘made them’ boot pack an hour back up to the area. It was an unskiable breakable crust, so not even an awesome powder day for an excuse. ‘They love adventures’ they said! little did they know, they could have easily and likely been lost all night. Not to mention the state police and a full KSAR call looking for them for the 3 mile slog out , IF they found there way! They were some lucky boys! They have no idea how lucky! So be careful out there! Be Prepared! Be Smart! Stay ‘on piste’ or close to a reasonable return routes in these cold temperatures!

We have had our biggest December ever, selling all kinds of gear, we are sold out of a couple of models of nordic skis and boots, all our BD skins are gone ( more coming next week) Peter has sold out of G3 Ion’s (AT bindings) twice, and just got his 3rd shipment in of those. He’s been 8 and 10 skis backed up on the bench and working til 8 every night to get the bench work done. No quick mounts this week! We’ve been crazy busy! Give us a call if your looking for gear, so we can check and see if we have it. We have ‘tele’ and ‘AT’ skiers coming from all over the Northeast to find our specialty equipment.  Wavin’ the flag!

 Posted by at 5:47 pm
Mar 132017
 

This was Superstar on Sunday. They were blowing the whole spine of the trail and the skiing was soft and creamy, a bit difficult on visibility, and really cold, but a sure sign of spring when they bring out the maximum capacity of ‘big guns’ to build up the whales, for the next month of skiing! Impressive!
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This is The Pike this morning. Again, really cold, but as you can see…a smooth surface of perfect corduroy!

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One more big Nor’easter storm coming tues/wed. Predictions are for over a foot.  A couple more powder days for us! yea! Get out and enjoy it!

 Posted by at 4:50 pm
Feb 132017
 

Again… The West is the best… Our son Michael is getting the goods out  in BC at Kicking Horse. Lucky Dog!

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But for those of us who Love to ‘Ski the East’ … WE finally get a good 10″ storm !! Yea us! This morning at Pico couldn’t get any better. We got early runs on Karl’s and the Pike, and Birch Glades that were the moments we’ve been waiting for. All through the January rains we kept telling customers that February and March are the snowiest months. We still have a chance for a decent winter. Another month of cold and snow. Get out and enjoy it!

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Ok ! it’s true! I have locked my heels again for the first time in 25 years! Yesterday we did a nice hour long ‘alpine touring’ uphill skin and ski down and I did great. Today locking my heels for the first time, downhill, OOOO  It was not pretty! I was in the backseat! like you wouldn’t believe! trying desperately to find my balance, it was crazy! Finally Peter gave me some tips to steer that down hill ski around better. Jeezum… Stand on that big toe! and get it around. Holy deep snow and locked heels… Batman! I felt like a beginner! I couldn’t find my sweet spot! Yikes!

Actually once I got on to easier terrain I really did pretty good. I didn’t really forget how… just a little rusty! well… a lot rusty. But at least I tried it. Reaffirming that I am, and probably always will be, a ‘free heel skier’. Gimme back my ‘square toes’ and my ‘free heel’!  I felt like a fish out of water!

This year more than any other, Peter has embraced all three diciplines… Tele, NTN, and A T. It’s important to him to be able to relate to all, and explore the differences, equipment and skiing styles. He’s liking them all! for different days and snow conditions, and of course big mountain skiing. It makes total sense to be able to lock your heel in certain circumstances, especially steeps and deeps! He’s finding which… is the right tool for the job.

As always we offer the best in ‘old school’, ‘square toe’ Tele … still available in the industry. Scarpa and Scott traditional 3 pin boots, and NTN for Telemark.  When it come to ‘Randonne’  we have  Scarpa and Dynafit lightweight Alpine Touring  boots and bindings for those alpine skiers who want to earn their turns.  We still have a good selection and a long season to go.

35 days til spring! Make the  most of it!

 Posted by at 3:29 pm
Dec 212016
 

What a great couple of weeks of skiing we’ve had! Below is our son Michael on Sunday the 11th. Pico opened on the 10th and we were skiing Summit Glades off the summit on Sunday in 6-8 inches of fresh beautiful snow. No big bumps or scratchy under layer. Just beautiful, natural, ankle deep, fresh powder. We skied Summit Glade and Birch Glades and it was as good as it gets for early season skiing.
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Here’s our buddy Murray skiing Great Bear last Wednesday the 14th. Lookin’ Good!

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Here is our friend John B. getting the goods a week later at Pico on Giant Killer of all places!

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Some people know where to find the secret stashes!
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That was before the rain! last Sunday… argghh!

After a thorough soaking of rain on Sunday the mountain is getting back in shape with some really great skiing.

Today we skied Needles and Bear Mountain and it was hard and fast, kind of a sugary, chunky groomed and re-groomed surface, but very edge-able and fun.  The terrain is limited again, with no natural snow terrain open, but they are opening all the main trails as fast as they can for the holiday week coming up. Peter and the Wednesday ‘Tele crew’ skiied East Fall, Cascade, and found fresh man made on Wildfire over on Bear and had great skiing.

Holiday week coming up, so a good time to earn some turns, do some nordic, or get out early. Enjoy!

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Merry Christmas to all!

 Posted by at 6:16 pm
Nov 272016
 

We did it! It was fantastic! Killington pulled it off!  Huge! The FIS Women’s Ski World Cup !!! Here at our home mountain! It was pretty exciting to witness! The event went off without a hitch!

We never doubted for a minute they could get the snow made! Because nobody is better than Killington at that! The weather didn’t help much, giving them every bit of challenge from warm weather, to rain and fog! We lucked out with a 15+ inch storm the Sunday before, and it was enough to do it! The event was really great! We hope you got to see this ‘once in a lifetime event!’ They built 2 sets of huge VIP grandstands, and a huge, gigantic tent over the umbrella bar tent, media and event tents and structures everywhere. They did awesome! It was impressive!

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I watched the GS on NBC sports on Saturday and was so inspired by the size and enthusiasm of the crowd, and it goes without saying… the racers! The best of the best were here! The cutest little girls you’d ever want to see, just going for it! Micaela Shiffrin came in first place and skied strong and hard to outshine the competition in her home state! Winning the whole weekend! Then there were the Swiss, Italians, Austrians and all the rest that did awesome! They were off each others time by …like, 6400th’s of a second or something like that. The times we all so close. I’ve seen lots of European ski races on TV, but nothing was like seeing it up close and personal and hearing the roar of the crowd!

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We heard a few nightmares of lines and bus waits on Saturday, Esp. at Pico,  that made us wary of going at all, but after watching it on TV I had to experience it first hand. So instead of doing the ‘park and ride’ at Pico, I decided to go up the access road as far as I could go. What the heck, I could only get turned away, so I didn’t even leave the house til 7:30, and I was able to drive right up to beyond the Medical building across from Snowshed, was the 2nd to the last to park on the access road, and I got a bus ride up in two minutes, and through security in 1 minute, and was up on the hill 1/2 hr from leaving home. It was seamless. Same thing getting out. 3 minute bus wait and I was out of there. Saw the race, stopped for lunch, and was at work by noon. Couldn’t have been easier!

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I climbed half way up the first pitch of Superstar, found a flat spot on a water bar, and got a perfect view of the race. Getting there was no problem at all! I could see from the crest of the hill to the finish line. It was exciting to see! Tremendously talented, world class athletes, on the Tour of their lives! skiing their hearts out! Their were Europeans all around us, speaking all kinds of different languages, here to see their loved ones, little, awesome, twenty somethings just going for it. The crowds were yelling and the cow bells were going off! Flags flying! It was cool. Really fun to see.   Yea! us!  yea! Killington! for a successful event! Bravo!

 

 

 

 

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