It was a weekend of training and clinicing. Saturday we did a warmup on Superstar and then it was over to Snowden. We did multiple laps running sleds on North Star which was a good thing because that was my favorite trail at Killington. I got humbled as I found out how much I don't know.
Then there was the sled run we did after lunch ....... halfway down, the Killington patrol roared past us carrying gear and as we rounded a bend, it was a bad scene. We stopped, I quickly intro'd myself as a visiting patroller to make myself legit and we all hustled in to assist in the incident in the woods just off of the trail. It was an intense team effort and it was stunning how quickly the patient was evacuated - he had to be pulled uphill a bit and the exit was tricky, but adrenaline, teamwork, training and practice powered the scene. It was not pretty and I'll leave it at that. It brought back memories of a terrible incident we worked at Jay Peak while doing sled training back in January 2005. Hoo boy, hats off to the Killington Patrol. Very professional crew. They did take care of my when I broke my leg on High Line years ago and when I bruised a kidney on the upper Superstar Headwall and in both of those incidents, they were very professional.
At the end of the day, we still had a load of adrenaline to burn off so after we were done with training, we all did some free skiing as the conditions were outstanding and we wound up on ...... Somewhere. I started to burn out a bit as I am still recovering from a nasty illness and I'm still not back to being 100%. Great day though.
Today, I did not get into a sled running clinic that I wanted but I did get into a ski clinic. Down Ovation we went - dang that's steep - and we covered much terrain. East Fall - whoa, I forgot how steep that upper headwall was and the rest has a nice steep pitch as well - a 1 meter dump on that with good stability and that would be perfection. I bummed out over 25 years ago when it was homogenized a bit and had snowmaking put on it but we still had a load of fun on it especially since the snowfall intensified. We headed over to Outer Limits as I was reminded of how massive Killington is. Some good bumps were had, but I really started to get crushed near the bottom. The clinic ended a bit early, and I sucked it up for more runs as the snowfall picked up and so much was skiing so well. Big Dipper and Escapade-Cascade were both very nice as I stayed around the Peak and Snowden where snowfall was heaviest. It was one of those days where I was bummed that it ended!
Wow, I was skiing stuff I hadn't skied in over 20 years. I forgot how steep some of the terrain is there! One observation that I had was that the place seems aesthetically nicer and I suspect that it is due to more conifer growth that has sprouted over the last 20+ years.