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Saturday, Oct 13, 2012
Killington Ski Resort opens for the 2012-2013 Ski Season
Killington Peak awaiting skiers and riders this morning.

Killington Peak awaiting skiers and riders this morning.

Killington Peak awaiting skiers and riders this morning.

Killington Peak awaiting skiers and riders this morning.

Taking advantage of some natural snow that fell on Thursday and 20 degree temperatures on Friday, the Killington Ski Resort has opened for the 2012-2013 ski season. The opening today was a "soft opening" available as a "Season Pass-Holder Appreciation Day". In spite of being announced very late in the day on Friday, several hundred skiers and riders were in attendance this morning, while I was on the mountain taking pictures.

Weather conditions on Killington Peak this morning were just beautiful for an opening day. A beautiful, sunny, blue sky was offset by temperatures cold enough to allow the resort to continue to operate snow guns. Snow guns on upper Rime were still operating when I hiked off the mountain around noon. Still nursing a knee injury, I did not ski this morning. But I was granted lift access to Killington Peak to enjoy the festivities.

After taking the K1 Gondola to the peak, the Rime trail was accessed by the Killington Peak walkway, also know as the "Stairway to Heaven". Installed 2 years ago, it allows the resort to offer early season skiing and riding in the North Ridge area of the resort, without use of access trucks or complicated lift downloading procedures. One end of the walkway ends at the upper lift terminal of the K1 gondola. The other end terminates at the top of the North Ridge Triple chair lift.

Arriving at North Ridge, snow guns were in continuous operation, depositing several feet of new snow around the lift terminal area. To stay out of the way of skiers and riders, I hiked down PowerLine parallel to Rime, popping out on the trail about a hundred feet below the top of the lift. Rime was well covered with soft, ungroomed, snow. Many of the water bars on the trail were bumping up, allowing those who dared the opportunity to catch a little air.

I walked down the trail along the snow gun line, taking pictures as I went. Snow at the edge of the trail behind the snow guns was ankle deep. Snow on the trail, being produced by the snow guns, was significantly deeper.

Killinton opens for skiing and riding
Killington opens for skiing and riding, October 12, 2012
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(Thanks to FemaleSkiBum for one picture of her and chef. Merisa will be behind the bar at the inn tonight, and Frizzie will be cooking in the kitchen if you are in the area and are looking for nice evening out.)

About 3 quarters of the way down Rime, I traversed off of the trail at the Pump House to Great Northern. On foot, I took Great Northern back around to the base of the North Ridge Triple, before beginning my walk off of the mountain down Racers Edge. While I probably would have enjoyed my time on the mountain more if I had had skis on, it was really nice to be on the top of the mountain and out in the snow once again.

Below are a couple of Youtube clips I took during my walk about. Nothing fancy, just people having a good time on the first day of skiing for the season at Killington.

The resort is reporting that they will be making day to day decisions about continuing operations. With weather that will not be favorable for snow making due to enter the area tomorrow, it will be problematic. No matter... Kudo's to the resort for taking advantage of a spell of cold weather and getting the resort open for many of us to enjoy.

"Think snow".

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