Things are looking pretty bright for ski resorts in Vermont. Many of the state's ski areas are reporting over 20% of their terrain to be open for early season skiing and snowboarding. While there is certainly a ways to go before they are able to open 100%, this is still considered an excellent start for December on the east coast. The resorts owe their solid opening weeks to recent upgrades in snowmaking operations.
“We can certainly attribute a successful early season to our expansive 80% statewide snowmaking coverage,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. “The resorts’ investments in state-of-the-art, highly efficient snowmaking combined with early season snowfall have given us the boost we need to fulfill the pent up demand of skiers and riders.”
“Burke Mountain had its earliest and most successful opening ever, opening December 1st,” said Hannah Collins, Burke’s Marketing Manager. “And with the new upgrades in our snowmaking equipment we were also opening with the most trails that we ever have.”
This year many Vermont ski areas were able see the earliest openings in their history. Killington
got the party started for its season pass holders after the mid-October storms, and officially opened for the season on November 5th. Thanks to the recent snowmaking conditions, many more resorts will be able to get their lifts spinning as well. This is a huge boost for early season lift ticket sales and bookings. Over the past two weeks, Vermont ski areas have seen sales reach the strongest levels in three years.
Jay Peak Resort and Burke Mountain are reporting their most successful openings ever! Together, Jay Peak and Burke have invested a combined $1.5 million into increased snowmaking efforts. They new system promises expanded coverage and efficient energy use.
Okemo Resort, which opened for the season on November 8th, saw the fourth earliest opening in its 57-year history. During the summer, they installed 42 HKD Snowmakers SV-10 tower guns to pump up their capacity.
Bromley added 60 new energy efficient HKD tower guns. Smugglers' Notch added 150 new high-efficiency snowguns. Stowe Mountain Resort invested 4.7 million into new equipment that include 325 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 16 Super Pole Cat fan guns and seven miles of new snowmaking pipe.
With low temperatures in the forecast for the remainder of the week, you can bet that Vermont ski resorts are going to be working overtime to make new snow and open up additional terrain.
Middlebury College Snow Bowl plans to open for the season on Saturday, December 8th and Bromley Mountain and Burke Mountain will reopen for the public on Saturday as well.