It's finally ski season! It's been quite warm so far, so there has been relatively little snow around NYC. Even the snow from Storm Jonas had completely melted after a week.
Last year, a group of friends went on a ski trip over President's weekend. I had to skip out on the trip because I was in Paris for work (I know, feel bad for me), so I was super pumped that I would be able to go on this year's ski trip! We chose Killington, Vermont as our location this year, and it did not disappoint.
To be fair, I've only ever skied on the east coast at Hunter Mountain & Mountain Creek. While I've been to Breck and Big Sky in the past, it was either during the summer or it was before I learned how to ski. I've heard that skiing on the east coast is a little more difficult (greens here are blues out west, etc.), but there is less fresh powder and the runs aren't as long as the mountains out west. From the others on the trip, there was a mixed reaction, but overall I think we all enjoyed it.
The great thing about Killington is that there are lots of runs of all varying degrees. I stuck with the greens most of the time - though I did (successfully) ski down a Blue at the end! My favorite run was the Great Eastern. It's the longest run, but it winds through a lot of different areas and switches difficulty level as you ski through. The greens at Killington were definitely harder than at Hunter & Mountain Creek, but they were also so much fun. I gained more confidence throughout the two days, and learned how to get more comfortable with speed. My comfort level before was to make tight turns to slow my speed, but now the speed is welcome and freeing. I had a bit of a traumatic breakdown when I ran into a kid (don't worry, he was fine and I helped him up), but other than that, it was the most fun skiing I've ever had.
The weather Gods decided to make this weekend the coldest weekend of 2016, so far. On Saturday morning, we ventured out early to avoid the rental lines and it was a balmy 8 degrees. It was really cloudy and windy, and it actually ended up getting colder as the day went on. By 4pm, it was -4, without factoring in the windchill. Sunday morning it was -20 when we woke up at 9am. The lifts were closed until 10:30am & noon. We decided to go out around noon, and it had warmed up to -4! The cold was insane and something I hope to never experience again. For the first three runs on Saturday, I didn't have a proper face mask. I was convinced my cheeks had frostbite, so I immediately bought a face mask when we reached the bottom and it made all the difference. It was so cold that most of our phones died after an hour, even though they were fully charged! I can't wait to tell this story in 50 years as "Back in MY day, we had to ski in -20 degree weather..." ;)
We stayed at Mountain Green Resort, and it was great! There is a shuttle service that will pick you up directly from your building and take you to the mountain (even though, it is walkable from the mountain). Another great thing about Killington was that all of the bars and restaurants have a shuttle service to pick you up.
By the end, I wanted to keep skiing for the rest of winter - but, with warmer temps ;)
Where's your favorite place to ski?