Ski Resorts Jockey to Open in the East

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Boulder, CO, Oct. 18--The race to be the first ski resort to open out East is heating up. For the past 38 seasons, Killington has held the crown as the first eastern area to open, and this year it looks as if they will chalk up number 39.

Although there have only been a few short-lived snow flurries, the resort will fire up an arsenal of snow guns tonight to start coating their slopes with man-made white.

"The forecast calls for cold temperatures through Thursday night," said Killington Communications Manager, Steve Wright. "So we expect to make snow all week and be ready for the weekend."

Killington expects to open the Ryme Trail this Friday or Saturday October 22-23.

Also in Vermont, Sugarbush Resort has made snow off and on during October, but recent mild temperatures have slowed their efforts. Sugarbush will most likely not open until late October or early November.

Further south, Stratton Mountain projects they will open on November 13. "We are waiting for a string of cold nights so we can begin to make snow," reported Stratton public relations manager, Myra Foster. "That usually happens at the end of October. We expect to start making snow in earnest at the beginning of November."

Other New England areas such as Jay Peak, VT, Stowe, VT, Sugarloaf USA, and Waterville Valley, NH all expect to open in November before Thanksgiving, weather permitting.