Winter News


by Craig Altschul

Skiers and snowboarders are getting a real treat for Halloween. It’s no trick. Killington is welcoming you back to its slopes just as a way-early Nor’easter is swirling around New England. The “Beast of the East” kicked off its season Saturday a scant nine weeks after Hurricane Irene devastated the Northeast. The Central Vermont resort picked up nine inches of natural snow the end of the week and that, combined with Killington’s enormous snowmaking power, made the difference. Skiing is on 20-24 inches of packed powder. All roads leading in and out of the resort have been repaired. Note that skiing and riding is on advanced terrain only on the un-groomed Rime trail, offering up about 600 vertical feet of terrain. Terrain will be expanded as weather permits. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Ride the K-1 Gondola. Tickets are $39 for adults. Mount Snow also joined the early sweepstakes over the weekend with a base of 5-10 inches on variable conditions. Follow snow condition reports, provided by SnoCountry right here.

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About Craig Altschul

Craig Altschul is Editorial Director of He is a veteran snow journalist, having covered the sport for more than 40 years. His syndicated snow sports humor column, Ski Tips, ran in newspapers across the country for 20 years. He was Global Editor-in-Chief for OnTheSnow for 12 years and has written for a variety of magazines and newspapers. Altschul is past president of both the Eastern Ski Writers Association and the North American Snow Journalists Association.

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