Top Ski Resorts for Early Season Skiing in the East...
Sunday River, Maine
If you have alpine anticipation like us, you just can’t wait until the official start of winter
and ski season in New England, here
are the best New England ski resorts that are eager to open as early as mid October or
early November. Call it Snow-liage when the autumn leaves till cling to the
trees and dance oon the snowy slopes, typically manmade snow. Others call it the
stick season, as the leaves have fallen, time to break out your ski sticks. High elevation, and in most cases serious snowmaking
capability, make these top ski destinations good bets for skiing before December.
BestEarly Season Ski Resorts in the East Sunday River Sunday River is legendary when it comes to snowmaking, often opening before Halloween as
a treat for East Coast skiers. The River opened October 19 2015, and Nov 3, 2014 - tied with
Killington. Sunday River blankets their trails with their1,900 gun salute of consistent quality snow, typically starting on Locke
Mountain for early November skiing and riding, then moving on to cover the all
eight interconnected peaks.
Killington Killington for decades was the first to open in the East - earning the
reputation of the Beast of the East. Owned by Powdr Corp now, The Beast is back opening first in the East October
18, 2015, also first 2014- 2011, with an occasional tie with Sunday River.
November 26-27, 2016 Killington hosts the Women's World Cup - so you best
they'll be blowing big snow. Killington starts their season
for passholders only opening day, a nice season pass perk, then to the public
the following ski day. Killington’s 1,700 gun snowmaking is mighty powerful,
and their season stretches to Memorial Day - for the longest ski season in the
Sugarloaf Sugarloaf has a northern Maine location, elevation, and cold temperatures –
allowing it to open most seasons by mid to late November. Snowmaking at the Loaf
has been ramped up since Boyne was brought in, the Loaf and sister resorts
Sunday River and Loon are flexing their snowmaking arsenals
from fall to late spring skiing.
Okemo Okemo calls their snowmaking effect the Okemo
Operation Snowburst. This Vermont resort
hurries to have a high trail count by mid-December, often offering the most
trails open in the east by the holiday week.
Loon Loon in New Hampshire has stepped up
their game, along with snowmaking powerhouse siblings Sunday River and
Sugarloaf, to open early in the White Mountain state and stay open into April,
giving Bretton Woods some competition.
Jay Peak is blessed with a northern Vermont location and the mystical Jay Cloud
effect, which provides them an anomaly of natural snow. Jay gets and retains its
early season snow most seasons, not a guarantee but a good bet.