snowmaking_sunday-riverIn the annual alpine battle of first ski resort to open Sunday River beat out Killington by two hours. Technically both Sunday River and Killington opened for skiing and riding November 3, 2014, but the River opened at 9 to the public, The Beast of the East opened at 11 to season pass holders only.

Sunday River opens with free skiing for Halloween costume skiers and riders on the Lock Moutnain Triple on T2. Killington offers skiing to season pass holders only on the K1 gondola, opening November 4 to the public. This season pass reward program at Killingon is rather brilliant, the Beast of the East rolled this out in 2012 as an exclusive ski  pass perk.

killington-early-seasonThis season’s openings are behind the previous season. Killington opened first October 24, 2013, a day ahead of Sunday River. The two snowmaking super powers tied in 2012.

But take note as Sunday River and Killington were not the first to open in the East. Sugar Mountain in North Carolina received 8 inches of fresh snow on their high elevation 5,300’ summit, and opened for skiing November 2, their second earliest opening, the earliest was Halloween 2012 following the snowstorm of Hurricane Sandy

Ski resorts across New England are making snow as temperatures permit, including Sugarloaf, Okemo, Stowe, Sugarbush, Wildcat. Our first snowflakes Sunday November 2 brought six inches to New stowe-gondolaPatriots stadium, and prompted a snow bowl win for the Pats over the Denver Boncos – a good open for football and ski season.

There’s been early season snow in California and Colorado. In the Rockies, Arapahoe Basin opened October 17, and Loveland opened November 1.

November 13 is the Boston Ski Show, a kick off to New England skiing. See you there and see you on the slopes.

Heather Burke, Editor of Family Ski Trips and Luxury Ski Trips