A good double black diamond trail, offering variable terrain that leads to Downdraft (lower), which is extremely steep, in the Canyon area.

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Downdraft (middle) is a double black diamond that is located off Killington Peak into the Canyon area.

To access this location, you need to take the K1 Gondola to the Peak.

Exit the gondola down the stairs and turn left towards the Peak Lodge.

When you approach the lodge, head to the left and boot up before the crest of the headwall since it almost always has boilerplate, with any loose snow having been blown off.

This is steep, with a double fall line and huge moguls.

Great on a powder day but not always worth the effort for such a small headwall.

Or, you can choose to take the Canyon Quad to High Traverse: Exit the lift to the left and follow the connecting trail High Traverse to the first intersection.

Watch out for people descending on skier’s right.

Go left to get on the lower section of Downdraft Headwall.

Proceed down and bear to skier’s right at the the fork to stay on Downdraft.

Use caution when crossing over Great Northern since there is always a lot of traffic coming from skier’s right.

Continue on and the trail will become a lot bumpier.

There is occasional snow-making on this, especially in the early season.

There are a lot of fun variable features to enjoy, especially on a powder day.

If you are not feeling the love, you can bail to skier’s right when it merges with Cascade.

This trail has a fair amount of light.

A perfect expert run for people looking for a steep challenge on variable terrain.