We have known that weekday skiing is a great thing for a long time. Over a half a century ago we skipped school and went to Killington for a day. It was a big place then but much smaller than it is today. In that long ago day we were greeted by 14 inches of new powder and had a day we still remember.
We recently went back to Killington for a Sunday night through Friday stay. It got off to a terrible start when our flight was delayed and we spent Sunday night in Detroit rather than Vermont. The we spent Monday driving from Boston to Killington rather than skiing. We stayed in a studio at the Grand. Our ski pass was for four of five days so we skied four in a row.
Sidebar: We tend towards being frugal but there are things that we think are worth it. Every traveler has to decide when to splurge and when to be frugal. Midweek and March is frugal for skiing. The Grand isn’t but our old bodies like the short walk to the slopes and the pool and jacuzzi after the slopes. We made our own dinner in the studio some nights and ate elegantly at Preston’s in The Grand other nights. We have moved on from apres ski at the Wobbly Barn. Plan your trip for what you want not what somebody else wants. End Sidebar.
One thing that has really changed over the past half century in skiing the East is grooming. Killington, like many other places, does a great job of repairing the mountain every night. Do check their website to see what trails have been groomed. Another reason it is great to ski weekdays is that there are fewer skiers. Fewer skiers means that the grooming holds up all day while it often doesn’t on the weekend. It also makes for wide open trails.
We have three tips. First, pick a sunny day and have lunch at the Peak Lodge right by the top of the K-1 Gondola. It is a great view. If you want to impress somebody you can tell them that the building used to be the end of the third stage of the Skyeship Gondola. You can still see the path from the top of Skye Peak to Peak Lodge. Unfortunately, the Ledgewood Yurt isn’t open on weekdays. If you stay through the weekend be sure to try it.
Second, watch the weather and the elevation but if you go in March it is usually cold at night and warm enough to get mushy in places in the day. Killington has over 3000 feet of vertical. So if you want to take the blue/green cruise down to Route 4 and check out the real estate, it is usually best in the morning. Later in the day you might want to go up the mountain to avoid the mashed potatoes. Our recommendations are the soon-to-be-replaced North Ridge Triple, mostly intermediate, and the Canyon Quad, single and double diamonds. Most days they escape the wind. The new Snowdon six-pack is the most comfortable ride on the planet but we don’t like the terrain it serves as much.
Third, where should you ski? Of course it is personal but here are our favorites. All the trails from the soon-to-be-replaced North Ridge Triple. It is short but it is even better when Tyler is there loading with his boom box. Cruise Control is a great intermediate run you can ski off of Stage 2 of the Skyeship. The lower part of the East Fall is our old flame. We loved her and used to spend all day with her but she has moved on to younger men. Now we try to ski her once a day.
Go skiing weekdays in March. Killington is a great choice but you may have another favorite. Plan what is right for you but it is cheaper, less crowded, and more fun.