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How to Ski: Bear Mountain, Killington, Vt.

You’ve perfected your bump technique. Now it’s time to show it off.

Terrain: On weekends, Killington’s signature mogul terrain can be a crazy mob scene. Park at the Bear lot and avoid the KBL masses. Then cycle the quad. Outer Limits beats you up with steep fall-line bumps. Devil’s Fiddle, a natural-snow trail, is less steep but more charismatic, with drop-offs and sidehill lines. In between, tight trees abound, along with some gladed terrain. We hope you did your early-season ski-conditioning workouts. Your thighs will thank you.

Photo: Justin Cash

How to Ski It: Outer Limits—Bear’s most visible bump run—is sometimes groomed. If so, leave it to the Herbs; you’re here to get your bump on. If not: It’s a broad trail with roughly the same steep pitch top to bottom, so just scout a good zipperline and let rip. Pick a sunny spring Saturday. Milk every run. Laugh it up in the liftline. Have a beer with lunch. Don’t get hurt, but don’t ski like you’re trying not to get hurt. And for heaven’s sake show the people how Outer Limits bumps are skied. Hands in front, knees flexing and extending, weight forward. The crowd on the chair goes wild!

Photo: Justin Cash

Après: If it’s nice on the deck of Bear Mountain Lodge, stay there. Or visit the brewery and pub at Long Trail, one of the true original U.S. craft brewers (est. 1989). It’s just east of Killington on Route 4, with great local food and a German brauhaus ambience (except, you know, with ale).


Location: Killington, Vt.

Getting There: Ride the Bear Mountain quad. Don’t forget to cheer or jeer your fellow bump skiers below.

Vertical Feet: 1,185

Acres: 136 (trails and named glades)

Scare Factor: The bumps are massive, and everyone is watching. If you screw up they’ll laugh.