Spot Check: Killington Late Season

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Riding in the East takes dedication.  Weekend after weekend of cold gray days can wear on you over a season and it always seems like just when the temperatures start rising and the sun starts shining, the resorts start closing.  If you’re lucky you’ll get 1 or 2 spring weekends of sunny skies and soft landings before it’s time to hang up the boards and break out the bikes.  If you’re like me that’s just not enough.  Well, there’s no better place in the east to hit up in the spring than Killington.  While other resorts in the northeast are fitting their chairlifts with bike racks, Killington is usually still going strong.  With what is continually the longest running season in the east, it’s not uncommon for Killington to stay open well into May sometimes even June. 

Killington is the largest snowboarding resort in the east offering 88 miles of terrain and 191 trails spread out over 7 mountain peaks.  Killington’s 4,241′ elevation and 250″ of annual snowfall combined with one of the most extensive snowmaking systems in North America, ensures that Killington’s base depths are always among the deepest in the east.  This allows for Killington to offer great skiing and riding while its neighbors are closing their doors.

If you’re looking to get your freeride on, check out the K-1 gondola on Killington peak which offers the highest lift served terrain in Vermont.  From there you can hop your way from peak to peak.  Be sure to take a ride down Juggernaut which may be the longest continuous ski trail in the east.  This cruiser will get your legs burning for sure and has plenty of turns, rolls and wall rides to keep it interesting.

thestashIf the park is your thing you’ll want to head over to Bear Mountain and check out the Burton Stash terrain park, one of only 5 of its kind in the world.  This joint venture between Burton Snowboards and Killington Resorts, is a terrain area offering all natural jibs, hits and glades.  (Click here to view our review of the Stash earlier this season).  You could make a whole weekend out of just riding the Stash, but while you’re over at Bear you’ll also want to check out the Dream Maker park for medium to large sized jibs and hits and the Dream Maker superpipe with its 22′ walls.

If you want something a little more mellow, or if you’re looking to dial in that trick you’ve been working on all season, head over to the Timberline park on Ramshead mountain.  We dubbed Timberline the “Old Man” park, because the smaller features (15-20 foot tables and wide boxes and rails) were perfect for lapping and getting your minishred on.

springloadedKillington also offers some of the best spring season events and entertainment in the east.  This coming weekend is the Killington Spring Loaded event.  Spring Loaded is a Killington signature snowboard event, and one of the largest on the East Coast.  Over the course of the weekend pro riders will compete for $10,000 in cash as amateurs throw down for some great prizes in both superpipe and slopestyle events.

“This is definitely Killington’s biggest and best snowboard event of the season,” said Matt Porter, Event Manager for Killington. “Spring Loaded brings together sun, snow, loads of great riders and a springtime vibe that keeps spectators happy and fosters a high level of competition.”

When it comes to apres ski entertainment, there’s no better place than Killington.  With over 100 bars and restaurants lining the access road you’ll have no problem finding a place to fill whatever your needs are.   Want to hear some live music?  Check out the world famous Pickle Barrel or the Wobbly Barn, both offer live entertainment nightly.  Want to get your bump and grind on?  Check out Tabu Nightclub by Outback Pizza.   Wherever you go, Killington knows how to party… period.  Now you’ve been warned… remember that there’s riding to be done in the morning.

Book your trip and get the latest conditions at Killington.com

For more information on Killington Terrain Parks visit: RideKillington.com

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~ by hrocker on March 24, 2009.

One Response to “Spot Check: Killington Late Season”

  1. Great Work.
    Keep up the good Posts and I look forward to more of your work.
    Sandy Woo

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