Was it the chocolate truffles, the dozen red roses, the great card, or was it the boot heaters and a nice morning of skiing...
With Valentines Day and Presidents weekend on us, we have been busy getting the inn ready for a full complement of guests for lodging and dining. But we did get a chance to get out on the slopes together yesterday in a pre-celebration of Valentines Day.
The resort is in great shape going into Presidents week. We skied multiple trails on Bear Mountain, Skye Peak, Killington Peak, and Snowdon Peak on our 3 hour jaunt around the resort. All were covered edge to edge in a beautiful machine groomed granular snow, which is a really comfortable alternative to ski on when you don't have a bunch of champagne powder under foot.
There were some consistent trends on the mountain. The shallower terrain, like Cruise Control, have seen multiple grooming passes over the last few days, resulting in any hardpack being chewed up into fine grain crystals. Slightly steeper terrain, like Needles Eye and Middle Superstar, were very receptive to ski edges and great for side to side carving speed runs. Steep terrain, like the Superstar Headwalls, Cascade, DownDraft, East Falls, Panic Button and Lower Skylark were showing their fall lines with small undulations forming due to skier traffic. The undulations were not yet outright bumps, as temperatures on the mountain have stayed cold. But you did want to pay a little attention and pick good lines if you wanted to traverse the trails at normal speed.
Light snow is in the forecast continually the next few days. Just Mother Nature's way of giving Killington some Valentines Day Love.
Let it snow!