And so it begins…Early season riding!

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Lookout point on the traverse back to the gondola

Its the most wonderful time of the year! Or at least it feels like Christmas morning to those of us jonesing for snow. Seeing flakes falling from the sky for the first time last week gave quite a few of us a reason to grin, as well as the pictures and posts from the mountains reporting steady snowfall.

Good news continued when Killington resort announced it’s opening weekend for October 25th. That Friday the lifts started spinning for pass holders, and the next day the public. I was lucky enough to make the trip Saturday and hit the slopes.

Lift Line Killington- opening day

The 2 trails that were available this weekend have now increased to 8 today. The K1 express gondola providing your way to the snow. Once at the top of the gondola we rode over to the North Ridge Triple, where you will access all of the current skiing and riding. If you want to get out there and enjoy the snow, well worth it!  The trials were well covered, and the trial Reason included 3 park features (a down rail, a box, and my mind blanks the 3rd) I did not wait more than 10 minutes in the lift line, not bad, especially surrounded by people all sharing a common excitement.

Below is a link for a 2 for 1 lift ticket deal, GO RIDE OR SKI FOR 25 BUCKS!!!

http://www.killington.com/winter/2for1/2for1-skimag

I have a few friends who are more of hikers, and both Jay Peak and Stowe mountain have a great amount of coverage right now as well. If you are around the North Eastern area just look to these snow topped mountains. People have scaled both these places with success, and have reported (as well as documented) having a great time. If you are thinking of doing an early season hike, here are a couple things you want to keep in mind:

  • Be cautious: you most likely haven’t strapped in since early this year, and your mindset riding then was one of confidence, you had all season to practice. But now you’re fresh on again, so try and build your way back to awesome
  • Be ready: the terrain may not be as you expected, there may not be as much coverage as you had planned. So try and take a “rock board” or one you are less hesitant on beating up a bit. Make sure everything is tuned and tightened seeings how it has been a while since you last went snowboarding. Also, pack some snacks and water for the hike (you’re gonna want these).
  • Have fun! This is when you step on your board and as you speed down the mountain for the first time this year, remember why you fell in love with this sport!

Snow covered trees

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3 thoughts on “And so it begins…Early season riding!

    swanny32 said:
    October 30, 2013 at 4:49 pm

    So jealous! We have no resorts open yet in Washington

      sheboarder responded:
      October 31, 2013 at 1:23 pm

      Yes we did get lucky this year that’s for sure. I got to hike Jay Peak yesterday as well. 2 days of riding in and it’s not even November..hopefully this weather keeps up!

    stephiejreese said:
    November 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

    Love it we went to Stowe on Saturday and it was a bluebird perfect day! I would have sworn we were riding in California!!! Can not wait good start to the season….

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