Had a great day with my little guy at Killington on Wednesday, it was warmer and sunnier (though a tad windy), but the skiing was great. It's bump and stump season! Everyone on the Hill was smiling, Sunshine does that. Here's a little video of my little guy enjoying the softer side of a good vt winter.
Post by livingproof on Mar 14, 2015 5:30:42 GMT -7
Someday, that video will be a great memory of a father-son mini ski vacation. He is looking good!
I'm always amazed by youngsters skiing bumps. They just do it, no fear, no technique worries, so much fun. I'd love to experience bumps from their smaller height, shorter ski perspective. The bumps must seem huge, with a nice wide highway between to cruise through. They have a different paradigm than us full grown kids.
For many years, I joined a group of friends who did a March ski week in K-ton. I had a lot of great days there, I'm sure this years snow was super.
Actually, the bumps were huge (they felt that way to me anyway!) and snow was good.
I do want to say, that my boy does have fear sometimes and actually has worked on getting smoother in the bumps. He was never one of those grip it and rip it kids, in fact, he was always very measured, sometimes too much so, in his approach to skiing. The notion that all kids fearlessly take to skiing is a myth. And, Even fearless kids can't smoothly ski chunky snow on the cascade headwall or the side of lower Ovation without some thought about technique. He's on an adult 150cm ski (a short one, but adult none the less). Maybe a 5 year old wedge turning a set of 105cm soft skis through bumps is another paradigm, but that's not what's happening here.
However, the ' worries' and the playful approach is the key difference that holds us older guys back sometimes in 3D terrain.
I have really re-warmed up to Killington over the last few seasons. Something about the plentitude of no-nonsense terrain and general 'every man's' mountain feel. Plenty of little pockets of terrain to hit across a few days. Also, I like their layout of Park and Pipe options. THe Ram's Head trails really offer a great progression that gets the kids onto the big hits on Dream Maker quickly. AND, I have discovered and explored more trees recently than I ever realized were available at Killington, and these glades are pretty inviting.
Liam Fun video of your son. It looks like he has the same love of the snow that you do. Enjoy killington.
Jim and I are considering a very last day of skiing at Elk tomorrow. If I can drag myself out of bed (am sleep deprived at present), we will head up to enjoy the last days of skiing in this neck of the woods.
( yeah, I really, really like The Princess Bride)
livingproof: Philly is an ice rink this morning, freezing rain over very cold streets. Weather is putting a dent into my ski season.
Jan 5, 2014 9:39:28 GMT -7
svend: LP - we had a three-day ice storm here just before Christmas, so I know well what you're dealing with. Not fun. Hope there's no damage in Philly. Take care.
Jan 5, 2014 20:23:02 GMT -7
livingproof: Philly weather warm fog last night, 8 inches of new snow = history! 8 degrees F tomorrow morning. Should be some great local boilerplate!
Jan 6, 2014 7:42:34 GMT -7
meput: - 22° F the other morning. +54° today. Forcast 0° tonight. Temperature rollercoaster at my home. The 'loaf got RAIN with the warm up. Looking forward to skiing on shaved ice
Jan 6, 2014 16:28:43 GMT -7
svend: Same story here...25 cm snow last night, some more freezing rain, and now there's 80 km/hr winds and -25 C temps. Wind chill is pushing -40 C. Supposed to continue all day tomorrow too. Whacky weather.
Jan 6, 2014 20:52:30 GMT -7
ToddW: -20° F on the drive up to VT on Friday. Freezing rain and heavy fog Sunday night made for an 8 hour return trip. Record low at home this morning. 40s and rain by Friday. What's up with the weather?
Jan 7, 2014 18:04:52 GMT -7
svend: Polar vortex is back. -26 C this morning. Will need a block heater in the car if this keeps up. Poor thing barely cranked this morning.
Jan 22, 2014 7:30:05 GMT -7
JimRatliff: Polar Vortex??? Is that the new Head all-mountain carving ski I've been hearing so much about?
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:03 GMT -7
JimRatliff: That's pretty chilly. 7F (-13C) in Central Park. Glad you didn't send the real cold air down.
Jan 22, 2014 9:04:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: OK, but I still think "Polar Vortex" and "Polar Express" could be the start of a great family of ski names.
Jan 22, 2014 10:45:22 GMT -7
svend: I like it! Blizzard should take those on. Fits with their name. Easier to say than "Viva Ultrasonic Full Suspension IQ", or some such ridiculousness. Who can remember all that?
Jan 22, 2014 20:29:13 GMT -7
livingproof: Another round of Philly area snow....we're ground zero this season. Please start sending any future storms north.
Mar 2, 2014 8:15:55 GMT -7
svend: Neverending winter here in Ontario. More snow last night. Cold temps coming this week. Word on the street is that some local ski hills may be open until May. Remarkable and unprecedented.
Mar 22, 2014 9:03:22 GMT -7
superbman: we were supposed to make it to next weekend, but they put out that we're closing tomorrow. Bummer.
Mar 28, 2014 9:06:50 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I think most local places here are closing as well. Yesterday was last at Elk.
Mar 30, 2014 4:17:15 GMT -7
livingproof: My Blue Mtn home is planning to open next weekend (closed midweek). Spring temps are finally here, not sure if I'll make a final trip.
Mar 30, 2014 6:00:04 GMT -7
ToddW: Surefire way to scare away family skiers, from the Killington conditions page: "Expect huge bumps on Superstar for the Killington Triathlon."
May 2, 2014 13:22:58 GMT -7
JimRatliff: I just wanted to wish all a Happy Holidays. Amazing how quickly Christmas follows Thanksgiving.
Dec 13, 2014 14:53:23 GMT -7
superbman: I was looking at the reviews on real skiers for the Kastle FX 85 and FX 85HP…both interested me greatly, how similar are these to the FX 84 (if you have skied both..or is the 85 the 84??)
Sept 13, 2015 14:52:00 GMT -7