As the final days of autumn come to an end, and the final leaves drop, winter becomes a reality in the minds of eager skiers and snowboarders across North America. The entire nation has seen a ton of wild weather lately, with many west coast ski resorts receiving a healthy dose of early season snowfall. Some mountains have begun snowmaking operations, while others like A-Basin, Wild Mountain, Loveland, Squaw, Boreal and Sugar Mountain have all gotten an early jump on the season — albiet at a limited capacity.
Meanwhile, “Superstorm Sandy” has been absolutely abusive to our friends on the east coast. While the water damage has been devastating for many regions, a number of high elevation ski areas have been getting in on the powder party.
And so, we’ve decided to compile a list of the Top 10 Vermont ski resorts opening within the next month. If the extreme early season weather can be any indication of what’s to come, expect this to be a great winter season.
Vermont skiers and snowboarders, get pumped!
Killington Resort: Opened for pass holders October 13-14, 2012! Full opening day expected early November.
Killington Resort will be powering their K-1 Express Gondola with cow manure that will be converted into electricity.
Stowe Mountain Resort: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Stowe’s investments have vastly improved satisfaction on its slopes, but most importantly, their new investments will allow Stowe to slash 100,000 gallons of diesel storage, use and emissions.
Sugarbush Resort: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Sugarbush has added to its investment in snowmaking machines by showing off a new Piston Bully Elite Fleet of groomers to assure that slopes are in top-notch condition.
Okemo Mountain Resort: Saturday, November 17, 2012
Okemo is prepared for whatever Mother Nature throws at it and is more than ready to begin snowmaking once the colder temperatures and above-average snowfall hits.
Stratton Mountain: Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Stratton Mountain is ready for the colder temperatures to hit, and it’s only worried about four things: air, water, temperature and humidity.
Mount Snow Resort: Friday, November 23, 2012
Mount Snow has its guns ready to make snow at any given moment, and has the firepower and efficiency to cover a large area, such as an Olympic-sized pool for example, in under one hour!
Smugglers’ Notch Resort: Friday, November 23, 2012
A popular early season event (now in its 18th year) is the resort’s annual BrewFest showcasing local and regional breweries on December 8, 2012. The evening features music, munchies and giveaways along with 8 beer samples and a souvenir glass for the $18 entry price.
Bromley Mountain: Friday, November 23, 2012
Bromley is ready to make snow just as soon as temperatures allow, after November 1! With over 50 new snow guns added, which puts them at over 300 total, Bromley will provide the opportunity to “work off your Thanksgiving dinner with us!”
Jay Peak Resort: Saturday, November 24, 2012
Jay Peak is offering a great opportunity to get you skiers and snowboarders excited about this season! Lift ticket prices will be dropping, as some multi-day ticket prices will drop to as low as $50, while a single-day ticket will cost only $64, an $11 difference from last year. Yet, for Vermont residents, the cost will drop to $50, a $15 drop from last year.
Bolton Valley: Saturday, December 8, 2012
Bolton Valley plans to start making snow toward the end of November. They will focus on getting trails off of Vista Peak open first.
Stay tuned to your local ski areas for more snow alerts and expect additional updates from us here at The Ski Channel as soon as they become available. It’s already shaping up to be an exciting winter 2012-2013 season!