NEW YEAR 2005 AT KILLINGTON

By Paul Maraschiello

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Killington is a fabulous place to spend News Years Eve. There were lots of revelers on the mountain and all the bars and restaurants were packed. I ran into some old friends at the Grist Mill and enjoyed seeing them. The live music was great and everyone was having a blast ringing out the old year and ringing in the new. There was an abundance of beautiful women dancing up a storm. Carl Lorenzo was doing his magic behind the bar keeping the drinks flowing. After an outstanding day, skiing in the sunshine there was a happy crowd at all the watering holes on the mountain.



An old friend, Tom Rabeck who told me that he has sold the Sherburne Valley Inn that he for over 20 years. We had a few drinks and talked about old friends.





After an excellent week of skiing between Christmas and New Years, Mother Nature dealt Killington a nasty blow. It got very warm New Years Eve day and then the temperature plummeted. When I arrived, Killington was bullet-proof. The ski area delayed opening in an effort to groom the slopes but there was very little that they could do. They wisely kept most of the expert sloped closed and there was very limited skiing on New Years Day.



I rode up the K1 Express gondola and began to check out the mountain. There were a couple of ski bums waiting on top to take photos. I found that the skiing on Rime, under the Glades Triple Chair was pretty good. I made a few runs there and then decided to go in for lunch. I skied over to Snowdon and found that lower Snowdon to Lower Mouse Run was in fair condition. Cascade left a lot to be desired and only the best skiers were able to handle the frozen surface. It was fine, as long as you did not get up on your edges and try to stop. Those skiers who were able to ski top-to-bottom without stopping and who could deal with the high speeds were fine.



I was delighted to see that there has been remodeling at the Killington Base Lodge. The men's restroom was completely refurbished and was cleaner, newer and neater than I have ever seen it. I enjoyed my lunch and had a pleasant time chatting with some guests that had been skiing at Killington for several days. Their spirts did not seem to be diminished by the less than stellar conditions.



After lunch, I decided to ride up the Superstar Chair and explore the conditions on that side of the mountain. Skylark and Lower Skyburst were skiable and in pretty good shape, all things considered.



By three PM, the light was getting flat and I was getting tired, so I called it a day.



I knew that Killington would be blowing snow all night and expected that the conditions would be much improved. The snow-making crew did not let me down. I met a few people from a Connecticut ski club who were a lot of fun to ski with. I spent the day skiing with them and enjoyed the much-improved conditions on Double Dipper, Cascade, Rime and Wildfire on Bear Mountain.



I wish I could have stayed longer because the weatherman was predicting a great day for Monday but as W.C. Fields once said, "Work is the curse of the drinking man."



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