Belleayre - Killington - Pico Weekend Trip Report
Departed northern New Jersey 7:30 AM Friday for season finale with JMaul and Trackbiker.
Snow started falling as we gained elevation in the Catskills, and Belleayre was quickly getting a blanket of powder on what would have been a much less desirable surface. After a couple of runs it was snowing harder and faster, and within an hour we were getting some float. It was great. Peekamoose, Upper Somethingororther and lower Yahoo were favorites.
Incidentally, we tested Tomahawk Chair vs. skiing down and lapping the new gondola. Even with a fairly aggressive run over the bridge and on down lower Deer Run, Jeff beat us to the top. In fact he had to watch seven cabins unload before we got there. Neither of us had a line at the lift, so I think it's a pretty good indicator and answers the question "which one will get me more vertical" since the new lower part of Deer Run has a vertical drop of about fifteen feet. OK I exaggerate, but not by much.
Below: Looking up Belleayre Run on the chair that isn't Tomahawk. Friday, April 6
Next day we went to Kmart and the conditions were fabulous. I personally enjoyed the snow on Rams Head. Trackbiker and JMaul abandoned me after lunch and skied over to Bear Peak. I drove over in Jeff's truck, so if anybody got any dents in the Rams Head or Bear Mountain parking lots on Saturday, I apologize.
At Bear Peak we enjoyed the Mogul Challenge with 10,000 of our closest friends. Photo below...
you can't really see the crowd in the photo above. It was a zoo. Enjoyed the show and the banter from the announcers.
From there we went to Long Trail Brewery in Bridgewater. I didn't take any photos there.
Later that evening we tried to ski at our lodging facility and nobody got hurt.
Sunday (yesterday) we went to Pico, the snow was mostly really good except Upper Ka. We didn't do the trail under the upper lift or the other ungroomed trail, Giant something. They looked even less pleasant than Upper Ka.
Mid Ka was great, my favorite run. Birch Glade was also mid-winter conditions. Other trails were in great shape too. They also have a small, semi-maintained ski museum on the top floor of the lodge. It's fun to look around, and you get the distinct impression that if this were a busier place and they had a use for the room they would probably toss all the stuff in a dumpster.
My first time skiing Pico. Didn't take any photos.
720 x 471 - 187K
720 x 805 - 462K