Attention East Coast skiers and snowboarders: fresh tracks are finally on the horizon! With favorable snowmaking temperatures and a snowstorm in the forecast, Vermont’s Mount Snow resort has announced that it will fire up its high-pressured snowmaking machines in preparation for a pre-season fundraising event and rail fest that is scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday, October 29 & 30.
Mount Snow will spin the Discovery Shuttle chairlift from 10 am – 4 pm both Saturday and Sunday, making it the first ski area on the East Coast to open. The ski area will then close again after the weekend and reopen for the season on November 19. Tickets for both lift riders and hikers will be just $10, with all proceeds going to benefit North Star Bowl — a popular Wilmington bowling alley that experienced significant flood damage during Hurricane Irene.
“This isn’t going to be our official opening for the ski season, just a fun thing to have our guests come up and enjoy some snow while raising money to help North Star Bowl get back on their feet after Tropical Storm Irene,” says Mount Snow General Manager, Kelly Pawlak. “We’ve done a pre-season rail jam the last couple of years and people really enjoy it.”
Mount Snow is equipped with the most snowmaking fan guns of any resort in North America and the high efficiency, high output machines can produce a large amount of snow at marginal temperatures in a very short period of time compared to traditional air-to-water snow guns. It is this technology that allows Mount Snow to hold pre-season events like the one this coming weekend and also to open with a quality product once extended cold temperatures set in.
Winter has finally arrived; so, round up your friends and support this great cause!