Snowmaking Underway at Killington; A-Basin, Loveland Getting Close
Snowmaking in the Northridge Area at Killington Resort kicked off October 10, 2016. (Killington Photo / Chandler Burgess)
Vermont’s Killington Resort threw it’s hat into the #RaceToOpen ring when it began snowmaking operations early Monday morning, October 10, in anticipation of kicking off the 2016-17 ski and snowboard season.
Killington, which was the first resort to open in North America last season, kicked off snowmaking the Northridge area, which is accessible for skiing and riding off the summit and the K-1 Gondola, and Superstar trail. In Colorado, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area and Killington’s sister resort, Copper Mountain, all began snowmaking operations last week.
Killington will also host the Audi FIS Ski World Cup women’s slalom and giant slalom events November 26-27 on it’s famed Superstar trail. Snowmaking also begin on Superstar and will continue as soon as conditions permit. In the meantime, snowmaking crews at Killington will continue to monitor the forecast, which is calling for marginal snowmaking conditions above 3,000 feet for the next seven days.
However, as Arapahoe Basin CEO Alan Henceroth stated in a blog post Monday, a few degrees make all the difference in the world. “If it is warmer, that is not good. If it is a few degrees colder than forecast, the outlook for good snowmaking improves substantially,” stated Henceroth.
Killington, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland and Copper all have snowmaking crews working around the clock to prepare the slopes for the season. Copper though is busy preparing the slopes of the U.S. Ski Team Speed Center at Copper, welcoming the best in the U.S. next month for valuable training time before the season kicks.