Killington opens season today

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kKillington in Vermont became the first Eastern ski area to start its season today.

It began at 1:30 p.m. when the ropes were dropped on Rime, an upper elevation trail.

But before you throw your skis or snowboards in the car, understand that the early opening is exclusively for Season Pass and Express Card holders. It’s the same deal on Friday.

But Killington says: “Never fear, skiers and riders – we’re so excited that we just can’t hide it, and the plan is to open up for the public on Saturday, October 26.”

Lift ticket rates will be $49 for adults (19-64), $38 for Youths (7-18) and $42 for Seniors (65-79).

Here’s a link to the LIVE CAM on North Ridge. (May be delayed; getting lots of traffic).

Here are details on what to expect:

Early season conditions will exist. Skiing and riding will be on advanced terrain only on Rime trail, providing roughly 600 vertical feet of terrain.

Snowmaking may be in progress throughout the day.

No easier terrain will be available at this time.

The K-1 Express Gondola will provide uploading and downloading. Skiers and riders will use the Peak Walkway to access Rime and will return to the K-1 Express Gondola via a short walk on the Peak Walkway.

The K-1 Express Gondola will be open for non-skiers and riders for round trip scenic rides for $10 per person.

Crews at Killington make snow on Wednesday afternoon. (photo: Killington Resort)

Crews at Killington make snow on Wednesday afternoon. (photo: Killington Resort)

Crews will re-evaluate the conditions Sunday afternoon and determine the operating schedule for the following week. Check www.killington.com/conditions for latest updates.

The K-1 Lodge will be open for guest service and restrooms daily beginning Friday.

K-1 ticket sales will be available beginning Saturday.

The K-1 Café will be open daily beginning Friday for food and drinks.

Mahogany Ridge will be open daily beginning Friday, plus enjoy the Joey Leone Duo Saturday from 2:00-5:00 p.m.

The Dog Sled located at the base of the North Ridge Triple Chair serving specialty hot dogs, snacks, and beverages including beer will be open daily beginning Friday until we are open for top to bottom skiing and riding.

Here’s a link to the Vermont mountain forecast.

 

 

Jim Shay

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