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. High elevation, and in most cases serious snowmaking
capabilities, 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 opens Nov 3, 2014 - tied with
Killington (exclusive to pass holders for their first day). Sunday River blankets their trails with their
1,900 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. Powdr Corp dialed back that
race for a few years, but Killington - The Beast is back opening first in the East October
24, 2013, and in 2012 and 2011. This year, Killington starts their season Oct 24
for passholders, Oct 26, 2013 for the public along with Sunday River. In 2012, Killington opened
Oct 14 on limited terrain for pass holders only - but still first, and reopened
Nov 5 - one day prior to Sunday River's Election Day ski opener. Killington’s
1,500 gun snowmaking is mighty powerful. In 2011, Killington and Sunday River
opened on the same day, October 29 for Halloween skiing.
Sugarloaf Sugarloaf has a northern Maine location, elevation, and cold temperatures –
allowing it to open most seasons by mid to late November, Nov 9, 2012. 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.