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Skiin' with Ian - 12/7/2011- Killington bounces back

Killington, Vermont - December 7, 2011

Skiers and riders around the region are still waiting for some real winter weather to get this early ski season into full swing, but ski resorts are doing their best to open up as much terrain as possible.

It has been anything but a usual off season at the Killington Ski Resort. The resort had to replace a popular pub near the K1 base lodge that was destroyed by Tropical Storm Irene.

"We were all pretty shocked to see that the Superstar Pub collapsed. We're so thankful to all of our crews and the support we received from the community to bounce back pretty strong. We were able to open up nine weeks after the storm," said the resort's Sarah Thorson.

But now one of the most mild Fall seasons on record has left ski resorts in our region starved for snowfall. Extensive snow making efforts have kept the resort open and allowed for the student athletes at the Mountain School to keep training on the hill. "We probably started a little bit later with our gate training. We did a little more free skiing than we would have, but we really haven't missed any time on snow," said the school's Tom Sell.

Strangely enough, conditions in early December are about what you would expect later on in the Spring. Skiers are finding some patchy bare spots on open terrain, as well as some soft, wet snow.

For most people making their way to the slopes in this young ski season, it's been about just getting out on the snow, making some turns and preparing for better conditions to come.
"It's a good time and you get to ski, that's the best part. It's about getting out here. This is our first trip -- we had to take it at some point," said snowboarder Victor Bloch.

And if you do head out, keep one thing in mind, said ski instructor John Lamb. "Where it's white, it's right. Where it's gray, stay away, and if it's brown, go around."

With colder weather in the forecast, the snow guns will be on and the snow pack should harden up. In the meantime, skiers and riders will have to wait it out to access some of their favorite terrain.

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