Updates From Basin Sports, Maybe you’ve been in the store and have noticed the absence of one familiar smiling face. Our president, Christine Torrey has taken a much-wanted Sabbatical and will be missing the majority of our winter season (though she’ll be stopping by here and there). Where is she you ask?
Santa Cruz, California
Just imagine, waking up every day to endless sunshine, surfing, and cycling within an arms reach. Plus with Tahoe not too far away, well that’s not a horrible place to go for a change of scenary. She’s been out there for most of the summer already too. Chief Financial Officer, Owner , and Mom, Lorraine Torrey is out visiting Christine and went Mountain Biking with her the other day. I mean, doesn’t everyone want to take an extra long California vacation sometimes?
Of course we have been sending photos of this year’s tremendous snowfall to Christine, making sure she is missing all of us and Killington as much as we are missing her!
Killington, the mountain we love, the friends we keep, especially on powder days, mean so much to many of us.
Few things bring that more home than having to watch on from the sidelines, but times like those bring the value of being out there, a life outside fully lived, that much more apparent. We are so fortunate to have all of the many opportunities the Green Mountains have to offer, whether here for the day, weekender or local; from downhill skiing to biking, and beyond.
I have been lucky enough to call Killington Mountain home since 2013 and was 44 days into my fifth year as a season pass holder when a freak accident on New Year’s Eve tore my ACL and Meniscus. My ski got stuck in a notch of ice and my leg went in the wrong direction, and I knew immediately my knee and season were done.
I also was reminded quickly that being hurt in this town is something to be immensely grateful for. Offerings of help are plentiful as are reminders from so many friends that they too also wore the ACL badge, and that while a long recovery, I will be coming back stronger than before.
Injuries are accidents, but what we do with them as a result never is. After I accepted that there would be no fifth 100 day season in a row for me this year, I counted all the good that would be happening as a result. Becoming a better trained, balanced athlete, having the time to re-learn guitar, reading more, the list goes on. I am also extremely lucky to have something go wrong that can be fixed. And as a friend said, “if you are an athlete at all, it happens, now you are a part of the club.”
As I heel from ACL reconstruction I have been living vicariously through the many deep powder pictures posted of last week. I look forward to seeing everyone in the parking lot when tailgating season begins. If you see me taking gondi laps, or once ready, hiking to the top of Superstar to great my bump enthusiast friends in the spring, say hello! And please make an extra turn or two!
Basin sports is the premier mountain sports retailer in Vermont, specializing in skiing, snowboarding, and biking. Basin Sports has received the Ski Magazine Gold Medal nine years in a row and twice naming Basin Sports the best ski shop in New England. Basin Sports has some of the best technical boot fitting service in the country, with certified Pedorthists on staff. As much as we love getting Basin Sports customers into the perfect gear for them, there is one thing we love just as much, if not more. You guessed it, skiing, riding, and just plain enjoying the mountains. You can rest assured that all of us at Basin Sports is taking every opportunity to get out and enjoy all that Killington has to offer. In the winter we ski daily and we are constantly testing new gear, sampling the conditions, and sniffing out powder stashes. Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have, we love to talk about skiing, snowboarding, cycling, hiking and even snowshoeing. In fact, in the winter, we update our website, basinski.com, every day with conditions reports, photos, and videos. Check us out for the most up-to-date and honest info around.
Besides the fact that it just keeps snowing there are plenty of Events in Killington for February 2017 to take part in. Take a look at our list of awesome events, maybe something will fancy your liking.
Join Olympic gold medalist and world champion mogul skier, Donna Weinbrecht, and Killington Resort’s top female coaches for an unforgettable learning experience specifically designed for 18+ ladies only.
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.
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.
It’s a question almost every mountain biker is going to ask at least once. Should I ride with Flat or Clipless Pedals? Flat vs Clipless is one of the bigger questions asked in the bike industry any one is not better than the other (though some may want to argue that). In the end you should ride on what’s most comfortable for you.
As a kid growing up I was immersed in the Mountain Bike Industry. I remember being dragged to my dad’s long circuit cross country races in northern Georgia (where I grew up) in the early 90’s. I remember sitting by the car in the pit’s with my older sister as my dad did lap after lap on this 5 mile loop. I guess you could say my dad was bias with him coming from a cross country background. Needless to say, my first real mountain bike, an original Full Suspension Trek Fuel (2003 or 2004?) came complete with clipless pedals.
I rode that bike for a long time. I even dragged it out to Colorado for a few months and left it in Crested Butte where I sold it for enough gas money to drive home (2013). Growing up Clipless was all I knew, I’d never heard of Flats or Five Ten’s- I’d never even thought of it as an option. Into my late teens I was riding more and more but still not feeling comfortable on my bike (2010). Then on one lovely summer day in the glorious trail network called Kingdom Trails I was scarred for life. Scarred enough to not ride for two years after. It hadn’t rained in a while and I was coming very fast around a turn when my bike washed out and I went flying, except I was still attached to the bike and a giant tree stump was quickly approaching my head area. Luckily I didn’t smack my noggin off the stump, I just cracked a rib and strained my shoulder pretty bad. I was also told I made an interesting water buffalo-like bellow.
That crash along with my neglect to know flat pedals existed made me turn off biking for a while. If cracked ribs and strained shoulders were the end result in a crash then I’d have none of it. Granted I’d never really ridden with anyone besides my father so my ability to learn more about the Mountain Bike Industry was restricted to his area of expertise.
Two years pass, I enjoy hiking, swimming and all the things that go along with being a college kid in Northern Vermont (2011-2013). I graduate college and meet more people in the bike industry. That’s when I learn about flat pedals and the amazing brand of Five Ten Shoes. By now (In the last two years) I’ve sold my old Fuel and have just bought a Santa Cruz Bronson. Now I’m putting 5 days a week in on the bike and riding as much as possible. I’m also rocking Flat Pedals and Five Ten Freeriders.
I absolutely love the ability to push my bike away when stuff goes wrong. I LOVE It. Nothing really compares to it. I guess I have slow reaction time, because when I crashed clipless it was a hot mess. There are pro’s to being clipless though and as I become more comfortable as a rider and as the scratches and scares on my calves from the studs on my pedals grow deeper I wonder should I venture back into the clipless realm. For one thing, if I went clipless again I’d be able to bunny hop a little more easily. I don’t think it would make me a more efficient climber, having good pedaling form does that all on its own. But would it make me more confident or that nervous little girl again?
True Wheels Bike Shop in Basin Sports has a wide selection of both Flat and Clipless Pedals. For further questions on the matter or for my best water buffalo bellow interpretation, give us a shout. You might have to buy me a beer first to hear what I sound like when I crash.
Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New
Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New, means now’s the best time to try biking. The weather is nice and the trails are in good shape. Right now Killington Resort has taken progressive mountain biking to the next level. For some there are the advanced jump trails to play on. For others, they just need a smooth gentle trail to progress their skills.
Though Killington is expanding and their base of operations is growing, we are too. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes from us at Basin Sports. For a fraction of the cost you can rent bikes with less use and more availability. And it’s not just for adults either. Kids can rent full suspension mountain bikes so they can rip it up as well.
All right, promo pitch is over, back into the reason why Mid- Summer Mountain Biking: A Chance To Try Something New is so great. Once a Mountain Biker, always a mountain biker. It’s an addicting sport. From the youngens to the seniors everyone is giving it a go. I write a weekly summer editorial for the local newspaper, the Mountain Times and my most recent editorial really highlights why we do what we do and why you should try it.
Tails From The Trails
By Ariel Kent
Its 7AM it’s cool, dark and calm and only the sounds to be heard are the chirping birds and the steady breathing as I peddle uphill. Waking up at the crack of dawn is how I get saddle time in. Waking up early, before lifts are spinning and before people are really awake is how I enjoy my mornings. It’s really the only way I can get saddle time in on the bike especially since I work full time.
So it’s 7AM, I’m at Green Mountain Trails in Pittsfield and I’m pedaling up the long ascent to enjoy the views, nature and the amazing trail network there. Since lifts started spinning and since I crashed a few weeks ago I haven’t been putting the saddle time in I need. The saddle time that will make me a better rider when using the lifts.
To some riding every morning at this hour seems idiotic, psychotic, crazy. To me it’s just habit, it’s life, it’s what makes me find my inner zen. Sometimes I’ll run into another rider out there- most times it’s just me and nature. I push through pain- pain of pushing myself. Pain from crashes that I now attempt to recover from. Pain is what keeps me awake at this hour- pain is part of trail riding and what makes me a better rider in the end.
Once at the top of this 5 mile climb the pain subsides, my breathing relaxes and I take a moment to enjoy a cliff bar and a few sips of my Gatorade concoction. Then I get back on the bike and head down the mountain. By this point it’s 8AM and I have to make my way back down because I have to be at work for 9. This is my tail from the trails, this is my normal routine and is what I consider fun because In the end I’m not only going to be able to have fun on my bike but ride longer, pedal harder and push further.
Chasing Chairs is part of a Weekly Editorial Series for the Mountain Times Newspapers Switching Gears Section
Chasing Chairs, The start of lift served Mountain Biking is a monumental event in Killington. Even more so than usual this year because bike trails opened Memorial Day weekend, almost two months ahead of schedule. Mountain Biking in itself is much more than just a sport, it’s a community. The Mountain Bike Community, especially the Vermont Mountain Bike Community is like one giant family so opening days for summer at Resorts is like a giant family reunion for cyclists.
You have to try Mountain Biking a few times to get this metaphor but it’s almost like a skiing addiction, once you’ve tried it you just want more and more and more. And that insatiable thirst for the thrill of the sport grows steadily over time. So opening day at Killington Resort is kind of a big deal. For me it means the past two months of riding and earning my turns can finally take a break and I can just enjoy the thrill of gravity.
I can officially claim first chair rights to start off this bike season and I only had to arrive 30 minutes before the lifts opened. As I sat on the ground in front of the lift, bike in tow, I was pretty much vibrating. Vibrating in anticipation, excitement and enjoyment. I enjoy skiing but man do I love to Mountain Bike. As I sit waiting I start to see familiar faces. The first is the legendary “Female Ski Bum” Merisa Sherman. As she walks over the first words out of my mouth were, “Did you ski today?” I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that she said yes or that it was day 198 for her but then again she is an animal.
More familiar faces started to appear and the minutes ticked away until the clock struck 10. Merisa and I boarded the first chair and away we went. I only had two hours to ride before heading to the bike swap to work and Merisa only had one so we parted ways. More familiar faces appeared, more smiles, high fives and hugs because we are all a big happy family in many ways and opening day at Killington is just a glimpse into the amazing community that surrounds Mountain Biking in Vermont.