November 9, 2007
WEST DOVER, VT (Ski Vermont Press Release)—It's been nearly ten years since Mount Snow has been able to say the following words so early in November: "We are open for skiing and riding.
Cold temperatures and a $3.5 million upgrade in snowmaking technology have combined to give the resort its earliest opening since November 7, 1998.
And, thanks to ideal snowmaking weather and winter temps across Vermont, Killington and Okemo are scheduled to open next week, followed by the majority of the state's resorts before the close of the month.
"Call it a renaissance, says Mount Snow General Manager Kelly Pawlak. "Guests who have been watching us make snow all week are calling and emailing with their praise, and we are so excited to tell them that it's finally show time.
A total of seven open trails will include a summit-to-base run along the Canyon and Standard trails. Both the Grand Summit Express lift and the Canyon Express lift will be operating to give guests the option of a top-to-bottom run or a mid-mountain warm-up. At Carinthia, a top-to-bottom run from the top of the Nitro Express lift will also be open.
With Vermont ski areas' ability to take advantage of the early winter temperatures with their state-of-the-art snowmaking technology, projected opening dates for the other alpine resorts include:
Ascutney Mountain Resort, November 23
Bolton Valley Resort, December 7
Bromley Mountain, Mid-November
Burke Mountain, December 8
Cochran's Ski Area, December 15
Jay Peak Resort, November 23
Mad River Glen, December 15
Magic Mountain, December 15
Middlebury Snow Bowl, December 8
Pico Mountain, December 15
Smugglers' Notch Resort, November 23
Stowe Mountain Resort, November 21
Stratton Mountain Resort, November 21
Sugarbush Resort (Mount Ellen), November 22
Suicide Six, December 21