Guns at Killington

Snow guns in the Northeast are poised to do what the fall colors are already doing in the Mid-Atlantic states – burst out. Temperatures are finally dropping around the entire eastern region.

Killington Resort in Central Vermont, historically one of the early openers, fired up its snowmaking system over the weekend. (Editors Note: KIllington will open for the season on Friday, October 25. Read related story.)

“We are for real making snow when temps permit,” said Killington’s Kelly O’Brien. “We didn’t have a great window on Sunday, but look for more through the week.”

Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania saw its first dusting of snow Tuesday (10/22). "The first flakes of the season were flying at Seven Springs this morning. They were very wet and melted on impact, but it was a beautiful reminder that winter is coming," says the resort's Anna Weltz.

Jay Peak, in Northern Vermont, and others in the state, will wait a bit longer. “We’re scheduled to start making snow on or about Nov. 1, weather depending, and will be shooting to open for Thanksgiving, if not sooner,” Jay’s JJ Toland told

Okemo Resort, also in Vermont, is another eyeing the start of the new ski and ride season. “We are still installing new guns and testing the system with a target start of snowmaking slated for Nov. 1,” said Okemo’s Bonnie MacPherson.

Maine’s Sugarloaf is touting the weather change on its Facebook page. Ethan Austin said snowmaking will begin early next month.

The Northern Adirondacks in New York, after weeks of mild fall weather that extended the summer and fall seasons, are expected to see some snow showers shortly as nighttime temps dip into the 20s. Resorts such as Whiteface Mountain and Gore Mountain are angling for an opening date around Thanksgiving.

In addition to the good news this week on the weather front, there are published reports indicating that the price at the gas pump will continue to drop toward the holidays. Experts feel the average for unleaded fuel around the nation could hit $3.15 per gallon by Christmas. 

Photo: Killington snowmaking begins (Killington/Facebook)