Jay, VT, Oct. 4--After Vermont's first snowfall of the season last night, two local resorts hosted skiers on their slopes. At both Sugarbush and Jay Peak, eager skiers braved whiteout conditions to be among the first to get out this season.
At Sugarbush, cold temperatures and an aggressive snowmaking team made just enough snow for a few employees and locals to test out. Before the snow was dusted off their boards, the resort dispatched a triumphant press release claiming first tracks honors.
Meanwhile, employees at nearby Jay Peak Ski Resort also enjoyed a few turns. "At Jay Peak, we skied on one foot of all-natural snow," pointed out communications director Chris Veillon, who maintains that Jay Peak skiers were the first to lay tracks.
Since the Nastar time clocks are off until the ski season returns, we may never know for sure.
For the fourth consecutive year, Sugarbush was the first--and at this point only--resort in the East to start making snow.
Not to be outdone, Killington Ski Area--usually first in the East to open--hopes to start up their snow guns by the end of this week, weather permitting.
Who will be the first to actually open the slopes to the public? Stay tuned.