Photos, Snow Report and Humor provided by Basin Ambassador Rob K
And so it begins!! Like a kid on Christmas morning awakening to check out the presents under the tree, I was first in line at 7:25 am for the 9:00 am Grand Season Opener! The fabulous Killington staff greeted us with miles of smiles and open arms and hugs (1st photo w supervisor Kelsey).
Superstar ( 2nd photo)was engulfed in snow guns blasting from top to bottom. The snow in North Ridge was better than yesterday’s pass holder opener according to everyone I spoke
Did 10 power runs alternating between Rime and Reason. When I arrived at top of stairs about 11 am, the guns ( next few photos) were lit up on top of K-1 on Great Northern, Boomerang, through Great Northern near Upper Double Dipper getting the treatment. Purely a guess but it appears we may be skiing into North Ridge by Saturday or Sunday for sure.
Upper East Fall was a so engulfed in guns. Potential could open Friday pm or Saturday.
The Rime’s snow surface ( last two photos) was terrific!
With Veteran’s Day ?? celebrated tomorrow and schools closed and some companies observing the holiday, anticipate a good showing and even more smiling faces enjoying first turns of the season.
As the ski turns,
K MAN S
News From The Shop:
We’re still servicing bikes (and will be open Nov 6-10). The increase in biking has grown tremendously in the Killington Area and we’re servicing bikes Year Round. Head upstairs next time you’re in to see our Winter Location and our wide range of Mountain, Road, Hybrid and Kid’s bikes!
The Ski and Snowboard Tuning Department is open and tuning skis. Make sure your edges and bases are sharp and smooth!
Never Summer Snowboards Are Now In Stock! See Nick, Chris or Clarke in Out Of Bounds for passionate knowledge on anything Snowboarding.
In the latest Killington Snowmaking Update for November, Killington flexes it’s muscles in an impressive display this morning . With a blast of warm weather this past week and a little bit of rain, the snowmaking efforts from last week were thwarted and the Resort has to start pretty much from scratch. But temps hung in the upper 30’s in the valley making for excellent snowmaking temps on the slopes. We predict, and yes this is just a prediction that we could be skiing by midweek and definitely skiing this weekend. On the upper mountain temperatures look conducive for snowmaking in the evening for the next week. In the first photo it even looks like there could have been a hint of “a la natural” up top- it could just be blowover too. First to open will be Rime and Reason followed by top to bottom off Snowden. As predicted, we suspected a slower than usual start to the season with a long spring.
Yesterday morning (October 26th) was horrible. I woke up to rain, drove to work in the rain and worked all day in the rain. It was cold, damp and not fun. With an unseasonably warm fall my mind had been focused on biking still and hadn’t really switched to winter. The rain sucked. I couldn’t ride my bike or ski- I was stuck. So here I am working, feeling down because of the rain and thought (for a laugh) to pull up the mountain webcam and see if I could get a look at what was happening at the peak. So I pull up the webcam, the 360 cam first and lo and behold, there’s some white stuff up there. Before I can think the marketer in me get’s thrown into overdrive. If I can beat the mountain to posting about the first snow at their resort then I’m doing okay. (I did not beat them this time). Next, I click over to the North Ridge webcam, which provides much better live coverage and snag a screenshot and proceed to post it on all of our Social Media channels. Keep in mind the peak is still covered with clouds so very few in town know that there’s snow on the peak. I‘ve now uploaded the webcam image and can now take a breather.
Fifteen minutes after this one of the managers comes darting into the office shouting, “There’s snow on the peak!” to which I reply, “I’m one step ahead of you.” You’ve got to understand this is a pretty big deal- first snow that is. Even if it doesn’t amount to much, and even if it melts the next day it symbolizes the start of winter and even more so symbolizes the start of ski season which we rely on to make a living. I posted this content sometime around 5PM and was already out the door in a way so I didn’t have too much time to try and snag photos of the peak exposed, plus it was getting dark by then.
This morning was different and this morning was brilliant. We all know that turn, that turn by the foundry where you get your first glimpse of the mountain in all its glory- this time dusted in snow. I drive to the Basin, walk in the door and the first thing I go for is the DSLR camera, a long lens and a UV filter. I then proceed to head to the roof, this is where the majority of photos taken of the mountain is captured. I start snapping photos and since I’ve taken enough photos of this mountain, I have a general idea of how to make her look her best and what angle to get. I walk downstairs, pop the SD card in my computer and start editing the photos. I wish I could say the photos have #nofilter, but any credible photographer will admit to some post-production to just make the images pop a bit.
It wasn’t until this photo, the one above that I thought to myself, “I wouldn’t mind going skiing right now.” I don’t find it too far fetched to think that someone is up there skiing that fast grass too. This is nothing substantial snowfall wise, but it signifies A change in seasons. We predict skiing by the end of next week. The beast often doesn’t disappoint and with 365 being their big push that would mean the resort has to either open again for Mountain Biking the weekend of the 4th and 5th or have the North Ridge up and operating by then.The winter itch is real and it needs scratching, who’s with us?
P.S: If you’d like to use these photos please tag @BasinSports so we get some credit. Or just ask- we’ll probably say yes.
The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski Review Revolutionizing and Finessing the Women’s Ski Industry
The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski is relentless but in a good way. Relentless in the since that you can ski all day with ease. You can navigate variable terrain and feel right at home. For the woman who’s an intermediate to advanced level skier and wants an affordable stick to shred gnar on, well yeah the 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 is going to rock your socks off.
So let’s get into the nitty gritty right away shall we? The sport of skiing has exploded in popularity in the last 5 years thanks to rockered ski technology. At the forefront of this wave stood K2 and its Women’s ski line. Believe me when I say it but “women’s” skis weren’t always badass and well-constructed as they are today. For a little while companies believed “women’s” skis needed to fit what was thought to be the typical female skier- an intermediate level skier who was cautious and well weak. K2 was NOT one of those companies and the LUV line proves it.
Durable, not to aggressive but not too soft either. Perfect pretty much sums this ski up. The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski is for the women looking for adventure. The lady who loves to ski but wants something that does everything. This ski embodies a do all, go everywhere and fit into a few different levels of skier types. In fact, K2 is so anti “Women’s Specific” they even wrote this in their product description on their website.
With the same Bioflex Konic genes as its bigger sisters, the 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski slims down and bridges the gap between versatile freeride and confident all-mountain skiing. We don’t throw the term “women’s-specific” around lightly – the 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski was built for the lady shredder who stuns the slopes in deep powder, over fresh cord, and through wily bumps alike.
So the dirty details are this. You’re getting a 88 underfoot ski. This is a good width for the All- Mountain skier that’s mainly east coast based. If you’re out west possibly consider going wider. It’s a flat mount ski so you’re responsible for your binding option. It comes in 156, 163 and 170 which is great if you’re tall like me and ski a 170. The 2017 K2 ALLUVit 88 Ski has K2’s All- Terrain rocker which enables off-piste skiing while maintaining control on the groomers. It’s got a metal laminate in it for snap and control at high speeds and in bumps. That mixed with a Fir- Aspen core makes this ski fast, light and fun. For some reason the Beach Boys Song, Fun, Fun, Fun just popped into my head- fitting for the image this ski portrays.
For the lady looking to get on a new All- Mountain ski, well look no further. Give us a shout if you have any question too, we love to just chat about skis. If you’re already convinced that this is the ski you want, the ski you need well Click Here for free shipping and smiles!
December’s Brilliant Sunsets Bring Us Into Winter At Killington Resort
Written By Basin Ambassador Tricia Tirella
Early ski season is a time of transition, snowmakers are busy making snow when they can, while visitors to the mountain hope for expanded terrain and snow storms on the horizon.
This week the sun will set the earliest that is does during the year, 04:15 to be exact, while this time next week it will begin to set later. The lack of available sunlight, open terrain on the hill, and all of the other transitions into ski season can sometimes leave some feeling down in these early weeks prior to winter.
I always choose to think of the positives as life on the hill unfolds. Limited lifts running means it is that much easier to run into friends. The Peak Walkway stairs get your ski legs back fairly fast. For me, December marks a time where you can easily take in stunning sunsets just by making last gondi.
All of the snow dances must be working, because winter seems to be set on arriving this last week, with cold temps and snow forecasted on the horizon, all while it falls from the sky itself. Powder and packed powder turns have been abound this week and we all hope they continue on this winter. Just remember, sometimes when things seem less than ideal, when the sun is just out of reach, or the snow is not falling as fast as we would like you can still keep the stoke alive for ski season by taking a moment to take in the view.
Okay so you’ve gotten in shape and the season is already starting to kick off. You may be ready, but is your gear? If you haven’t do so already, here are some tips to get you tuned up and ready to go.
Tuning your skis!
Waxing your skis after a full summer of sitting in the garage is important in order to keep the life of your skis. Especially if you forgot to put your end of the season wax over them. An easy way to tell if you need a good tune up to your bases is to look for a white film on the base (something similar to dry skin) or small “hairy” looking fibers sticking up.
While you are fondling your skis and imagining the next pow day, take a moment to look for any deep gouges that have occurred from your previous season shred. If these are deeper than about 1mm then you will need to get them filled to prevent any further damage. Rusty edges are another thing to look for when doing a preseason examination of your skis. Are there any burrs or rust?
If you are going to do a tune up yourself Swix has a wax wizard that could be helpful to choose the type of wax to suit your needs.
Check your boots and bindings!
Walk around your house for about 15 minutes and see if they still fit well and are comfortable enough to ski in all day. Is there any hot spot? Does it rub anywhere? Is everything tight and does it feel secure? Check out the soles. Is there excessive wear at the heel or toe?
Once you’ve deemed your boots comfortable, pop em into your bindings. Is everything secure? Are all fasteners there? Are they looking overly worn? If you have binding issues while on the mountain, you’re going to have a bad time.
If you don’t feel comfortable doing the tune up or binding check yourself (or if you notice something off) bring them up to the shop and have our professionals check it out. Maybe think about getting a season tune to have your gear in tip top shape all season with no hassle.
My favorite thing to do when a new season comes around and it gets cold enough to put on a winter jacket is to check my pockets and find what I left in there at the end of last season. Typically I’ll pull out some chapstick, old passes, and if my past self wanted to bring joy to my future self I may even find some money. While the pocket search is always super thrilling, we really should be focusing on the fit.
We all wish we could eat what we want and never gain any weight. But if you have been preparing for the winter season and maybe have added a bit more “insulation” to keep you warm during the colder months, you may want to see if your gear still fits comfortably.
While you are trying your gear on before you hit the slopes, Are any buttons missing? Is your zipper good? Any unexpected tears or holes? Is there any pinching or bunching while making movements?
Is it clean? If you are like me, the last thing you think about before hanging up your gear for the season is throwing it in the wash. DO NOT WASH IT WITH REGULAR LAUNDRY DETERGENT! This can strip off DWR coating and leave you wet during slushy snowfalls or when riding through the guns. Instead by specially formulated detergent, like my personal favorite – NixWax (it is all natural so it is safe to use with sewer or septic), to ensure that your gear will be ready for whatever mother nature wants to hit you with. While you are at it, get some re-waterproofing products (NixWax has spray on or in wash waterproofing solution) as well to save time in the future and keep you warm, dry, and happy. Pair up your socks and gloves. Find your baselayers and get out there!
Killington Pro Tip: Get ready for a game changer. If you still have to hike out bring your boot bag with you and leave it by the stairs. Change into your winter boots to take the stairs, you can thank me later for this tip.
Do you really need 5 Reasons To Visit Killington More? I mean honestly, this cozy little ski town has a lot going on. Now we all see Killington as a ski town, you come here to ski and snowboard and not much else right? Though winter sports are the focus of this small Vermont town there are so many more things you could be missing.
Top of The Line Food
Pick your poison (that’s a bad metaphor). Enjoy great food at great prices for resort town standards. Whether you want white linen dining or some delicious wings and a craft brew Killington definitely has it all and the food is definitely one of the 5 Reasons To Visit Killington More. A more recent restaurant on the hill and expecting to open soon is Casey’s Caboose. A long time staple of the community that feel under hard times a few years ago. It’s since been purchased and renovated with a tentative opening date for the beginning of ski season.
Hiking/ Snowshoeing Depending On the Season
You can always get out and about regardless of the season. Killington has a great network of hiking trails to explore in the spring through fall. Once the snow falls you can enjoy the designated snowshoe trails at Killington Resort but also down at Mountain Meadows which caters to Fatbikers and Cross Country Skiers too. The stone steps at Green Mountain Trails also offers breathtaking views and the quiet serenity that people go to Vermont to enjoy in the first place.
Think of santa’s village minus it being Christmas and minus the elves. The people working in the ski shops lining the road are the bread and butter of Killington’s community. We’re the ski bums who get first laps in the morning or are splitting shifts to ski. We know the mountain like the back of our hands and can direct you towards the best food, trails and equipment to suit your needs. The one thing people working in Killington ski shops express outwardly is our passion. Our passion for our community, our mountain the excitement we get when we see people we’ve helped enjoying the Resort as much as we do.
You don’t have to be a skier, snowboarder, mountain biker to enjoy Killington. The apres enthusiasts can enjoy the many spas in the area. Killington Resort boasts their Grand Spa as the premier option but there’s plenty of spas to choose from. We’ve listed the best below.
Based On Distance From Basin Sports:
Killington Grand Spa 0.8 Miles
Back Body and Mind Spa 0.8 Miles
The Woods Resort & Spa 2 Miles
New Life Hiking Spa 8 Miles
The lodging in the area is really top notch. Whether you’re looking for high end hotels to budget lodging you’ll find both and everything in between. Undoubtedly the Killington Grand Resort and Hotel is going to be your go to for high end lodging but Highline Lodge also sits up there with superb accommodations. If you’re looking for more budget friendly lodging there’s plenty of that too. The Killington Motel is the first to come to mind with its amazing coffee and to die for breakfast. A small little motel there’s a reason it’s ranked #2 on trip advisors best hotels in Killington. There are to many lodging areas to count but all are superb with welcoming staff who love to share their passion for the area with others.
Do you really need more than 5 Reasons To Visit Killington? If you do well, maybe adventuring around the area for yourself will be the happy medium that convinces you Killington, Vermont is one of those places you will undoubtedly never forget.
Being just a few short weeks away from the greatest time of the year, now is the chance to do that workout you’ve been putting off. If you want to have the best and longest season, it is time to start preparing your body for daily abuse. You will be putting it through multiple tests when you are flying down the mountain. Because we want you to have the best day of your life every time you hit the slopes, here are some great workouts that can really help you shred this season.
Skiing incorporates your quads, glutes, and core. This is a quick at home workout you can do every day to get ready to ski the hardest you ever have. With having such a busy life, it is hard to hit the gym which is why these are all the preseason ski workouts you can do in your home right now.
Quads are the muscles used the most when skiing. It is important to get these in shape before you hit the slopes to give you longer days and lower the risk of injury.
Skiing utilizes way more than just your legs. Core muscles are essential for the balance you will need to make your turns down the mountain.
Glutes and Hamstrings
Gluten and hamstrings are in charge of the “back end” of things in order to hold you in proper skiing position. Strengthening these will help with posture and power.
Basin Sports is looking for people who are passionate about the outdoors and skiing and riding to apply for their Ambassador Program. Basin Sports sponsors a small group of skiers and riders each year. You DO NOT have to be a freestyle skier or snowboarder to apply. Backcountry Enthusiasts, freeriders or people who really just love to ski and ride are encouraged to apply. Being an active member of the Killington community is an important part of skiing/riding for Basin Sports. We select people based on their enthusiasm for the sports of skiing and snowboard, while also engaging and encourage new people to partake in it. Having fun while out riding is key, we want you to enjoy all that skiing and riding has to offer while also actively promoting the brand of Basin Sports.
Though enjoying winter sports is our main goal of this sponsorship, we also offer some great perks that go along with being a Basin Sports Ambassador.
Pro Deal on Winter Clothing Brands and Gear
Free Ski Tuning
Employee Pricing on Outerwear in the store
Access to Basin’s large demo fleet of skis and boards
Responsibilities of a Basin Ambassador
Having the ability to do what you’re passionate about is awesome but we ask you contribute back to Basin Sports. The requirements are simple, but if you find you’re unable to complete the requirements your agreement with Basin Sports will be terminated and you will no longer get to benefit from the perks of the Basin Sports Ambassador Program. Requirements are as follows:
Contribute to Basins Social Media at least once a week.
Contribute via video, photography, blogs through Facebook, Instagram or twitter
All Social Media content will be submitted to Basin Sports Social Media Coordinator
Participate In At least two competitions or events at Killington or within the Ski Community a season
Untraditional Events That You Could Participate In
Ski The East Freeride Tour
Ski- Mo Events
BMMC Mogul Challenge
Ski Bum Race
Other: We’re open to suggestions, winter sports promotion is the most important
Participate In At Least One Basin Sports Event A Season
Blast Off Party
KSC Ski Swap
December Demo Day
March Demo Day
If you cannot attend any of these events we encourage you to join us for our ski clinics that reps host for us in early winter
Think this is you? Message us via Facebook and tell us why you’d be a good fit for the job.