18 November 2016 — Well I don’t care who you are or where you are, biggest snow related news in the USA today is that Killington‘s Superstar trail has passed snow control, confirming that FIS World Cup ladies technical races will take place as scheduled on November 26 and 27; kudos to the Beast of the East as they’ll be hosting the first World Cup event held in Eastern North America in a quarter century. For newbies and non-racers reading this, “tech” events are slalom and giant slalom, which require more technical skiing style. “Speed” events are downhill and super G, which require less technical skills and certainly less sanity. And on the subject of World Cup, we should find out today if the ladies speed events will proceed in Lake Louise. It’s not likely at this point. Anyway Killington is gearing up for the festivities — photo above shows one of the grandstands being assembled at the base of Superstar…brighter news in Colorado, Loveland and A-Basin bolstered by a few inches of snow yesterday and overnight; guns are back on…in the Berkshires, Jiminy Peak now talking about opening next Friday, November 25 but that’s semi-official…speaking of ifs and buts, Vermont’s Sugarbush is hoping to open Lincoln Peak next Wednesday the 23rd. Plan right now is to upload on Super Bravo, with skiing serviced via the Heaven’s Gate triple on the Upper Jester/Downspout route, downloading on Super Bravo…Speaking of Sugarbush, New Yorkers and Pennsylvanians around the Finger Lakes region have a great opportunity for feebies at the Corning NY showing of the Warren Miller flick tonight. Not in the habit of plugging these but this one really has outstanding swag, better than any I’ve seen nationwide actually. Includes free, half-offs or two-fers at Sugarbush, plus NY areas Swain Resort, Hunt Hollow, Holiday Valley, and Buffalo Ski Club, as well as Ski Sawmill in Pennsy! That’s a great deal…Lake Louise update: snow control for the womens speed events postponed until noon Monday. Cold weather has rolled in so FIS officials giving the resort every opportunity to make it happen…just got word that the guns are on in Southern California; Mountain High cranked ’em up last night and aims to be first in the region. Stay tuned!
Photo above courtesy Killington Resort; grandstand at the base of Superstar being readied for FIS World Cup competition next weekend.