November cold allows Sugarloaf to open early. (Sugarloaf/Facebook)
In a flurry of openings, Northeast skiers and riders had their pick of 11 resorts to choose from this past weekend, thanks to a cold snap that set the snow guns blazing from Pennsylvania to Maine.
Be sure to check SnoCountry.com for the latest on who’s open.
While Killington had the prize for first to open in the Northeast last week, they continued their snowmaking barrage for both the public and to build up Superstar trail in preparation for the Audi FIS World Cup, Nov. 25-26. By 1:00 Sunday the Beast was offering top-to-bottom skiing.
An Artic blast of cold also set the snowmakers to work at Bretton Woods, where over 350 skiers and riders hit the slopes for free with a donation to Omni Mount Washington Resort’s Say Good Night To Hunger program.
Okemo opened with top-to-bottom skiing and riding again this year. The South Ridge Quad A and Sunburst Six continue to bring skiers and riders to six trails this week.
October may have seen some record warm days, but November temperatures are already breaking records in the other direction at Maine’s Sugarloaf where the resort opened nearly a week ahead of schedule. Terrain is also rapidly expanding at Sunday River.
Scores of skiers and riders came out to Wachusett Sunday as the central Massachusetts ski area kicked off the season with one of its earliest openings ever. Wachusett opened all three quad chairlifts with terrain for every level. To their west, Jiminy Peak went from green to white in just 52 hours.
Bristol Mountain was the first ski area of 50 in New York to open for the 2017-18 season. It was also the first time in over 26 years that Bristol opened this early in November.
In Pennsylvania, Big Boulder opened their terrain park for early season hits.
In the true spirit of "If you build it, they will come," Mount Snow's season passholders turned out in record numbers for the earliest opening day in a decade. Seven top-to-bottom trials were made possible by the West Lake Water Project. Sister mountain Wildcat also had one its earliest openings ever.