This morning I headed out to Killington at 7:30 am to be in line when the lifts opened at 8 am. The wind was howling, and there was a light film of ice covering the ground. When I arrived I found out there was delayed opening due to the wind and ice. The mountain needed extra time to prepare the lifts and runs.
I was disappointed over the delay, but I wasn't alone in the lodge. It gave me a chance to hang out with good friends, and meet a couple of new ones. The lifts opened around 10 am, and we broke up into small groups or our own. I chose the latter. I was now in a good mood, and felt like wandering around the mountain without any real plan. On the lifts I chatted with many different people, shared stories and laughs. Around 2:30 I skied down, no more stairway to heaven, today the mountain opened top to bottom, it was a wonderful surprise after the late start.