Finally, the news we’ve all been waiting for: the ski season is here. That’s right, Killington Resort opened Wednesday, Nov. 8, after laying down some sweet base layers over the past week.
Mount Snow and Okemo opened on Saturday, Nov. 11. After completing a $30 million upgrade to their snowmaking system, Mount Snow officially holds the most powerful system in the Northeast, and on opening weekend, had seven trails of top-to-bottom skiing ready for skiing.
“In the true spirit of ‘If you build it, they will come,’ our season passholders turned out in record numbers for the earliest opening day in a decade,” said Mount Snow’s communications director, Jamie Storrs. “This truly would not have been possible without our West Lake Water Project, including our new snowmaking reservoir, three new pump houses, and 18 miles of new snowmaking pipe to get that water up the hill and out to our fleet of 948 low e-technology snowguns. And as excited as we are now, this is only the beginning!”
Sugarbush will open two days earlier than their expected Nov. 18. “After a long, cold week of productive snowmaking and some natural snow, Sugarbush has pushed its Opening Day from Saturday, November 18th to the afternoon of Thursday, November 16th for passholders and Friday, November 17th for the general public,” said communications manager John Bleh. Jay Peak has also pushed its opening dates forward to Saturday, Nov. 17.
Those looking to celebrate the opening of ski season can head to The Big Kicker at the Lareau Farm in Waitsfield on Saturday, Nov. 18, where Sugarbush and Mad River Glen have teamed up to provide a night of hot cocoa, cider and local beer, as well as pizza from American Flatbread and s’mores by the fire. The event also brings a rail jam built by Sugarbush Parks, free face painting, cornhole, music and dancing.
Below are the projected opening dates for Vermont’s resorts. See you out there.
- Killington Resort – Wednesday, November 8, 2017
- Mount Snow Resort – Saturday, November 11, 2017
- Okemo Mountain Resort – Saturday, November 11, 2017
- Stowe Mountain Resort – Friday, November 17, 2017
- Jay Peak Resort – Friday, Nov. 17, 2017
- Sugarbush Resort – Saturday, November 16, 2017
- Stratton Mountain Resort – Wednesday, November 22, 2017
- Smugglers’ Notch Resort – Friday, November 24, 2017
- Bromley Mountain – Friday, November 24, 2017
- Burke Mountain – Saturday, December 2, 2017
- Bolton Valley – Saturday, December 9, 2017
- Mad River Glen – Tentative, Friday, December 15, 2017
- Magic Mountain – Tentative, Saturday, December 16, 2017
- Quechee Club – Saturday, December 16, 2017
- Suicide Six – Monday, December 18, 2017
- Middlebury College Snow Bowl – TBD
Featured image: Mount Snow skiers celebrate the mountain’s opening.