Across the country, skiers are enjoying excellent early season skiing conditions. Over 135 ski resorts have opened for pre-Thanksgiving skiing and riding. Grand Targhee Wyoming and Wolf Creek in Colorado have almost 50 percent of their terrain open and base depths of up to 3 feet. In New England, 18 ski resorts were open the weekend prior to Thanksgiving, with sunshine and good snow. The weather forecast for Wednesday before Thanksgiving is up to a foot of snow in New England, setting up ski resorts well for Black Friday covered in white.
Ski conditions around New England are ahead of last season. Okemo Mountain Resort in Vermont leads the pack with 170 acres of skiing, while Sunday River Resort in Maine is skiing on 139 acres. Loon and Killington are just behind with 113 and 85 acres, respectively.
I suggest you skip the Mall on Black Friday and head for the hills. Work off that turkey coma with ski turns. Next weekend, Sunday River will host Demo Days, where you can sample the latest skis and snowboards for just $10. Okemo celebrates Orange instead of Black as they launch their new $6.9 million six-pack Sunburst Express lift from mid-mountain to the summit–the only six-passenger chair in North America of its kind, with an orange acrylic bubble cover and heated seats.
Be thankful for this early season start, and get our and carve some turns after your turkey.
Heather Burke, 2016 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips