For those who don't have snow in their backyards, you will be
happy to know that there is snow in Vermont! I just finished snow
blowing the driveway and deck in preparation for another storm
So enjoying my hot beverage, I am dreaming of hitting the slopes
and making some more mountain memories.
To help you make yours extra special, here's a sampling of fun
things to do, delicious meals to enjoy, and new things to try.
World Snowboard Day Freebie, Dec. 30
On Dec. 30, a limited number of free Burton Learn-to-Ride clinics
will be offered in celebration of World Snowboard Day. This is
a MAX 5 program, up to five students per instructor. This program
is for first-time snowboarders only, ages 7 and up and includes a
2-hour group lesson, rental equipment and learning area lift
ticket. Reservations are required, call 800-923-9444. Again, the
number of free lessons are limited!
Snoe.down program, March 23
The all-ages Winter Music and Sports Festival hits the area with
several performances by moe. in Killington and throughout the
Rutland Region. For moe. fans who have never skied or snowboarded
before, a special Learn-to-Program including a 2-hour group lesson,
rental equipment, and learning area lift ticket for ages 18 and up
will be offered for $79. Reservations required, 800-923-9444.
Beast Adventures, Jan-March
How about a "Skin & Dine" adventure? You can dun your climbing
skins and alpine touring skis and join Dan Egan on an adventure
tour/climb that ends at the Ledgewood Yurt for a reward of fine
food and fellowship. This is an add-on option for the All-Terrain
Programs Jan. 26-27 (moguls, steeps, glades, side country) and
February 15-16, 17-18, or March 9-10 Explore the Beast
Explore Off-Piste terrain with adventure skier Dan Egan. "Exploring
the Beast" is designed to teach you how to side/back country ski on
alpine touring routes. The course may touch on skills related to
avalanche safety, but it is not an avalanche course. The focus is
on using alpine and alpine touring ski equipment and techniques
competently and efficiently so that you can enjoy side/back country
For the Ladies, all season!
The Women's Clinics are taught by women and are designed to help
skiers and riders master both the physical and mental aspects of
the sports. The programs include training sessions with
Olympic Gold Medalist Donna Weinbrecht, who is a wonderful teacher
and someone who will inspire you.
There is a new She Shreds Ride Camp featuring Burton gear for
new riders this year as well.
Killington is offering new season-long youth programs for skiers
and riders ages 7-18. They will be grouped by age and ability level
and instructors will guide them as they explore The Beast while
making friends and improving their skiing and riding skills.
Beginners will have the advantage of progressing with the same
instructor each week, and those looking to rip it up can set goals
for the season together with their instructor. The 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
program meets Saturdays, Dec. 15 through March 30, at the
new Drop Zone located outside Ramshead Lodge. Lunch is included and
participants can attend as many or as few Saturdays as they
Handling the bumps is a great skill to acquire. The beginning will
learn on terrain that includes specially 'seeded bumps' on easy and
intermediate trails, while the advanced clinic will get you bump
bashing down the world-renowned Outer Limits. Adult moguls programs
are available Jan. 26-27; Feb. 9-10; and March 2-3, and are open to
Monster Freeride Sessions
Park "rats" and wanna-be hipsters, railsters, and jibsters,
check out the Monster Freeride sessions with action sports athletes
Ian Compton, Jeremy Landy, and friends. For blue ability levels and
up who want to take on the park, this season's clinics are:
Youth ages 7 - 18 December 26-28 (3-days), 2012 or December
29-30, 2012 and again in February. Adults 18+ get their chance
February 23-24. For more information or to book your program, call
FOOD: APRES TO FINE DINING
For a truly adventurous après-ski happy hour, try a trip to the
Motor Room, which is the top terminal for the former Devil's Lift
Quad at Bear Mt. This is on my must-do list for 2013 since I enjoy
trying things new and different. This experience includes an
enclosed cabin snowcat ride and Happy Hour atop Bear Mountain with
its stunning views. The Motor Room adventure includes hors
d'oeuvres and libations, and of course the return trip to the
Roaring Brook Umbrella Bars. The snowcat departs for the tour at 5
p.m. sharp. Purchase tickets at any open ticket window or call
If you're looking for a quiet, romantic and certainly memorable
evening, there is nothing that tops a groomer-drawn sleigh ride to
the Ledgewood Yurt! There's an impressive "stretch limousine"
sleigh ride that was designed and built by Killington, using seats
reclaimed from a former chairlift and runners patterned after the
K-2 Apache ski radius!
The Yurt dinner sleigh departs from the Roaring Brook Umbrella
Bars up by the K-1 Lodge (at the top of the Killington Access
Road). Guests should arrive at 6 p.m. to enjoy the complimentary
hot apple cider before boarding the sleigh for its sharp 6:30 p.m.
departure. The experience is limited to guests 21 years of age and
over. Members of a party can be booked together at a table but need
to specify that when making a reservation.
Having dined at the Ledgewood Yurt, I can tell you that my
husband John, who many more of you know than know me, heartily
endorses this five-course gourmet experience. It is not the "same
old, same old." Not even close!
The menu features interesting foods with an emphasis on using
local and regional products. It was created by Greg Lang, executive
chef at the Killington Grand Hotel and Resort, and is prepared
nightly by Geoff Donavan and his crew.
When you arrive at the Yurt, you'll find warm Stone Milled Oat
and Whole Grain Maple Bread
with Vermont Cultured Butter on the
table. The chef will begin the evening with an explanation of what
has been prepared for you so you can appreciate the nuances of this
fine dining experience.
The first course features a George's Bank Scallop, which is
comprised of Creamy White Polenta, Lobster Medallions, Armagnac and
Saffron Cream with a Roasted Broccoli Rabe on Walnut Crostini.
After the cheese and salad courses, your forth experience
features Tender Medallions of Naturally Raised Beef and Bison
Tenderloins, which are uniquely paired with Black Truffle Potato
Pave', Whiskey Glazed Vermont Bacon, Roasted Golden Beet Flan,
Spiced Mountain Huckleberries and a Barolo Bordelaise.
The entire extravaganza is capped off with a Mango
Mousse-Midnight Chocolate Torte, Candied Kumquat set in Anglaise
that has been dusted with Matcha Powder and garnished with
Cocoa-Spiced Marcona Almonds.
Now if you prepare anything remotely like that at home, please
invite me to dinner!
Also new this year are eight family nights, the exception to the
age 21 up rule.
The Ledgewood Yurt will operate on Fridays and Saturdays and
select additional dates. Advance reservations are required
(866-809-9147.) Booking at least two weeks in advance are
Snowcat drawn sleigh rides are offered at 5 p.m. every Saturday,
Dec. 22, 2012, through March 16. Rides depart from Cooper's Coffee
in Snowshed Lodge. Dress appropriately for the weather and enjoy a
20-30 minute sleigh ride at dusk on Killington's trails. Tickets
can be purchased at any open ticket window, online, or by calling
800-621-mtns. Seats are limited, so purchase early so as not to
The Killington Tubing Park is now open daily for the holiday
week 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. On Tuesday, January 1 it will also be open
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thereafter, it operates Thursday through Sunday
plus "peak" days through March 24 - conditions and weather
Introduce someone to skiing or riding any day during the 2012-13
season and when they purchase a Learn To Ski & Ride package,
you'll receive a FREE lift ticket valid the same day. Offer cannot
be combined with any other offers and discounts and is valid for
ages 18 years and older with at least 48-hours in advance
reservations required by calling 800-923-9444.
Hopefully, you'll find a few things here to peek your interest
and help you create some memorable moments on the mountain. Happy
trails and Happy Holidays, too!