Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Killington Vermont Receives 6 inchs of Natural Snow

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Reports from Ski Resorts in the Northeast are on a roll. When most of New England was receiving heavy rain the upper elevations were receiving snow. Killington has reported 6 inch's on top. Enough snow for them to send out emails asking people not to hike the mountain to sneak in some turns

"Kiliington snowmaking crews are working around the clock to build base depths on the upper sections of Killington Peak as they prepare for opening day on Friday, November 16. Currently, there making snow on Rime, Reason, Double Dipper, Rim Run and Great Northern as we are working our way down to the K-1 base. With hundreds of snow guns, high-pressure hoses, snowmobiles, snowcats and heavy equipment moving about the mountain, maintaining a safe working environment for the staff is the number one priority. As a result, Killington respectfully ask that those seeking to “earn their turns” refrain from doing so until opening day. We’re planning on offering Blue Square and Black Diamond terrain for opening day accessible by the K-1 Gondola. No Green Circle terrain will be available. All skier/rider services will be available at the K-1 Lodge.(Source KillingtonTheDrift) The verdict is still out if Killington can even stop skiers from hiking up and using the mountain. There use of the property is a lease and from reports we have heard control dose not start until the lifts start to turn. We will search for information on the subject. One can always hike up the backside via the Long Trail located a mile or so west of the Killington Access Road past Pico. Good research a map and Compass are must have for anyone attempting to assend any back country areas. Never depend on a Cell Phone as a bailout. Bring a whistle and food. Unlimited access to topo maps. Try it Free!

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Don't forget your Helmet and Goggles. Early season skiing can get a little scary with a rush of skiers and Snowboarders. If You think about it resorts tend to open one or two a week until Thanksgiving. Between the onslaught of skiers and Snowboarders and limited terrain one should exercise extreme caution and be prepared physically. Having been to many opening days at Killington when they were the first to open for many years is testimony. Normally it would consist of a ride up the K1 Gondola and even skiing or a short hike over to the North Ridge. Once over there you are in an area known as the Glades though the name has been changing. Rime and East Fall Trails are the first to open with the North Ridge Triple Chair Lift and Great Northern as the escape to the Killington Base Area.

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Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Higher elevations of New England Receive Snow

" From NECN-11/6/07 12:29 p.m.) NECN Cable News meteorologist Matt Noyes is calling for a breezy day with periodic rain, highs in the 40s and 50s. Tonight there will be gradual clearing, cool, with scattered mountain snow showers in the Green Mountains, lows in the 30s."
The higher Elevations above 2000 feet of new England have received 1 to 5 inch's of Snow so far today. Sugarloaf USA in Maine has 5 Itch's on top The rumors of of New England Ski Resorts opening by this weekend. New England is also looking at 2 to 3 storms moving in from the west and from the ocean over the next week. A mass opening of resorts could happen if conditions are right There is a cold from coming in with the storms from the west. I have heard a prediction of 10 inch's plus in the mountains. Along with the snow making that most northern resorts have been doing should make openings possible at places like Okemo and Killington in Vermont Bretton Woods in New Hampshire along with Sugarloaf USA and Sunday River in Maine.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and so far so good for skiing and Snowboarding before Then. Keep your eye on the resort Web Sites . Cape Cod and the South Shore sure took a beating in the last storm. To bad that wasn't snow in the mountains. It would have been between 3 and 4 feet. After all parts of Maine received 5 inch's of rain.
From Sunday River Maine : "Current forecasts say that snowmaking temps return either tonight or Wednesday night and that means the snowmaking team will be back out wielding their guns on T2, Cascades, Sunday Punch, Jungle Punch and possibly others. We're still on track for an opening day of Nov. 9th. If the weather and temps cooperate it could be even earlier." COOL
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Sunday, November 04, 2007

Learn to Ski or Snowboard for FREE at Okemo

Today I get a phone call from family who had to do training at Okemo this weekend. The newest deal they have going is Newbies get Free Ski Rentals, Free lift Ticket and Free lessens. What a deal for regular skiers and Snowboarders. Get A buddy hooked on skiing and Snowboarding and you have a Ski buddy for life.
Not only will this deal create new skiers and boarders but will help keep people employed during the first part of the ski season.
First-time or beginner skiers and snowboarders visiting Okemo Mountain Resort early in the 2007/2008 season are invited to participate in our Learn to Ski or Snowboard program - absolutely free!
The beginner package includes a combination lower-mountain lift ticket, a level 1 or 2 beginner group lesson at 10 a.m. or 1 p.m. and introductory level rental equipment (skis, boots, poles, or boots and snowboard).
This program is available for ages 7 and up at no charge every day, Monday, Nov. 26 through Friday, Dec. 21, 2007. Beginners should arrive at the Okemo Express Rental Shop located in the Okemo Clock Tower base area about an hour before lesson time to register and be fitted for equipment. As an added bonus, participants also qualify for a free First Tracks Plus card entitling them to continued discounts and benefits all season long on group lessons, lift tickets and rental equipment or purchase a full adult ski or snowboard package for $379 (inquire at Snowsports Center).
Tell a friend! The more the merrier. If you have any questions, feel free to call the Learning Center at (802) 228-1600.
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