Sunday River and Killington vie for – and tie for – first to open for skiing once again. Killington opened Sunday October 18 for pass-holders only and Monday for the skiing public. Sunday River opens upper T2 on Locke Mountain Monday October 19, with $29 tickets. Cool temps and avid snowmaking crews allowed the Beast of the East and Maine’s Sunday River to make snow, and even get a boots from Mother Nature after an unseasonably mild September and early October.
This is a super early opening for these eastern ski resorts, ahead of Loveland and Arapahoe Basin – opening October 29 out west even. Sunday River and Killington opened November 3, 2014. Both snowmaking power houses race to be the first to open for skiing in the East, often in time for Halloween skiing. Dress in a costume Halloween and ski for free at Sunday River, a fun tradition.
More ski dates I am stoked about this season:
Saddleback Maine’s announcement about their opening status is due soon. In August, the Maine ski resort near Rangeley Lake announced they would not open without a significant investor.
November 2, Bravo TV reveals a new “reality” ski series, “Après Ski” filmed at Whistler Blackcomb Resort. The premise: a ski resort concierge service caters to the ridiculous demands of rich skiers whether their whim is heli-skiing in deep powder or decadent dining in Whistler’s Peak to Peak Gondola at the Canadian ski resort. Could be trashy like the not-so-real housewives, with lots of bickering like the crew of “Below Deck” only in the high alpine, but I will be tuning in just to see if there is any actual skiing.
November 12-15 is the 33rd Annual Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo. I love the ski show – seeing what’s new in ski gear, at ski resorts, watching the ski fashion show, and reconnecting with ski friends and ski industry peeps.
I’m grabbing my gear out of the basement, making sure everything is tuned up and ready to go at first snow. See my review of the latest new skis, Top Men’s Skis Review 2016 and Top Women’s Skis Review 2016 if you are in the market for new gear this year.
Heather Burke, 2015 Copyright & Photography property of Family Ski Trips