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Killington Mountain School students carve moguls

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KILLINGTON, Vt. -

"We've made a lot of courses, but this is pretty cool," said Christina O'Brien of Pittsfield.

O'Brien is a sophomore at Killington Mountain School. She and 15 classmates are shaping the course for Killington's annual mogul competition. Two-hundred amateur mogul skiers from across the nation will be tackling the steepest and longest mogul run in the East, that O'Brien is helping to create.

"We ski in the moguls slowly kind of pushing the snow, like really getting our skis across the hill to build the moguls. And then as they build up, we can go faster and faster and get like a good line through it," O'Brien explained.

As the students shape, carve and fly, Killington Mountain School Coach Matt Gnoza says the practice is great and so is the inspiration.

"These guys will turn the course over to the next event and that event will have some professional level athletes in it as well. So, pretty neat that they kind of get to build the field of play, if you would, for the next level," Gnoza said.

A beautiful day to practice with what Gnoza says is perfect mogul snow. Snow that his students are certainly enjoying and hope will last.

Although these skiers are not ready to say their goodbyes to winter, others-- down the mountain-- couldn't be more ready for a change of season.

"I can't even begin to tell you. Being cooped up all winter long, being inside... I got to get outside a little bit for snowshoeing and stuff, but I can't wait," said Buddy Herron, a golf pro.

Only 15 minutes off the mountain, the grass is already green at the Rutland Country Club. The club has been grooming the course this week, but Herron says they loved the warm winter last year.

"Actually, earlier last year we were out on the golf course last week, last year. So we are a little bit later but hopefully a week from now we will be going!" Herron said.

But back at the mountain, the students are loving the longer winter and hoping it lasts.

"Usually like after April break is over skiing is over. So it's getting toward the end, but this year we might ski until way later than that. Yeah, I'm excited," O'Brien said.

The Bear Mountain Mogul Challenge at Killington begins Friday afternoon. The finals are Sunday. The Outer Limits mogul course is the steepest in the East. This is the 32 year of the competition.

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