Opening Day at Killington this year occurred with something of an anomaly — Harley Ruffle wasn’t there.
It isn’t often that Killington faithful can roam the trails without the sight of “Lil’ Homie” finding his way into the Woodward Mountain Park. That’s because for three straight years, Harley has been a member of the Vermont resort’s exclusive 100-day club, topping out somewhere around 170 days of riding last season. Over the course of the 2022-23 skiing and riding season, Harley is hoping to earn his fourth-straight century-mark season at his home resort, a remarkable achievement that most of his preschool-aged peers can only witness with wonder.
Oh, did we mention Harley is 4 years old?
A burgeoning snowboarding star at such a ripe age, Harley already can claim almost a dozen sponsors and nearly 23,500 followers of his Instagram account (@lilhomie802), where video clips of his tricks in the park cement his expertise on the hill. His passion for snowboarding is evident in the constant excitement that his parents have to deal with and, at times, control. Like Opening Day at Killington, for instance.