Killington Brings Out the Snow Guns

Boots are the most important component of your setup. Think of it this way: If you’re wearing the right boots, even crappy skis will turn for you. But if your boots make you feel like a geisha doing a walkathon, you’ll be in the base-lodge bar by 10 a.m.Unfortunately, boots can be one of the most confusing pieces of gear for skiers to understand. Relax. It’s not rocket science. Fit is personal. Different boots fit different feet. All you have to do is find a knowledgeable salesperson at a good boot shop. They’ll get you in the right boot and be able to make the necessary tweaks to your boots to get your feet in their comfort zone. “Without properly fitting boots, you can’t ski with good technique. They should fit like a firm handshake. Your toes should touch the front while you’re sitting, but then pull back a bit when you stand up. When a boot is too big, the foot shifts and you’ll get toe and shin bang. Go to a specialty ski shop, because they often invest in special training for their bootfitters,” says Galena Gleason of Telluride Bootdoctors.In the next 10 slides we look at some common bootfitting issues and their solutions.

Killington, VT, Sept. 28, 2000--Snowmakers at Killington Resort brought out the snow guns yesterday to begin blowing snow today. The snowmaking team is armed with the fruits of a $5 million snowmaking expansion that recently met completion after 2 years.

"We'll make some snow, and it'll help pretty the place up with all the great foliage we've got out there," said resort president Allen Wilson. "It's nice to be making snow again, but the real story will be who opens first. It's something Killington has done for the past 39 consecutive years," Wilson added.

Along the Cascade Trail on Killington Peak, hikers may see white mixed in with the bright red, orange, and yellow colors of the fall foliage. The tree-viewing season comes to Killington later this year due partially to a wet summer.

"Getting going early is part of our mantra," said Wilson. "Once the leaves start to turn, everyone around here gets pretty excited about making snow," Wilson continued.