Cold Weather, Storm System Brings In More East Coast Openings
A blast of Arctic air, followed by a system moving up the East Coast, has created the perfect storm for resort areas such as Seven Springs, Hidden Valley and Nashoba Valley, who are anxiously eyeing the start of the season this weekend.
“We started making snow at 6 a.m. Sunday and went right through the night,” said Nashoba Valley’s Pam Fletcher, a former U.S. Ski Team downhiller and Olympian.
The Nashoba Valley Holiday Festival of Lights opens Friday night, while opening day for skiers and riders will be Saturday.
That should be no issue as the Massachusetts resort is positioned for a possible direct hit by pending winter storm Boreas.
“What a difference a cold day makes,” Fletcher told SnoCountry.com, hoping a brief mid-week warm-up is inconsequential. “Snowmaking was successful over the weekend. We plan to fire up the guns and make snow on Thanksgiving Day and Friday.”
This week’s weather will also allow Wachusett Mountain, the first in Massachusetts to begin operation, to expand on its current menu of four trails and three lifts.
“To be able to open on Nov. 16 is a testament to our snowmaking crew, with a little boost from Mother Nature,” Wachusett’s Tom Meyers told us. “These unprecedented cold November temps have been a blessing, allowing us to pump out more pre-Thanksgiving snow than ever before. Hopefully this is a good sign of what’s in store.”
While a potential Nor’easter makes its way up the Atlantic, Lake Effect snow is “partnering” with Seven Springs and neighboring Hidden Valley, both in western Pennsylvania.
“Snowmaking resumed Saturday afternoon at Seven Springs and Hidden Valley,” spokesperson Anna Weltz told us. “Thus far, the snow has been stacking up, the output has been great and the Lake Effect bands keep coming. Our mountain crew will take advantage of every opportunity to make snow in preparation for opening day.” Both ski areas will open Friday.
Seven Springs, which took ownership of nearby Hidden Valley in October, is offering the Highlands Pass and Highlands Tickets as a means of enjoying both facilities. The Highlands Pass offers enthusiasts unlimited access to both resorts, with no blackout days, starting at $599. The attractive Highlands Tickets is geared toward the destination traveler.
Meanwhile, eight Vermont resorts covering the length of the state, benefitted from the earlier arrival of cold weather and some natural snow. They have already kicked off their seasons.
Skiers and riders are encouraged to keep SnoCountry.com snow reports bookmarked as we sense the approaching weather will start the season quickly for many more resort operators.
Photo: Hidden Valley Resort (Facebook)