Mount Snow, a ski resort located in the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, announced it will open for skiing and riding at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, the same day a nor’easter is forecast to slide up the East Coast. This will be the earliest start to the winter recreation season in Mount Snow’s 64-year history.
“Mother Nature came through with the right temperatures, allowing our team to utilize the $30 million investment we made in our snowmaking system during our West Lake Water Project to celebrate the earliest opening day in our 64-year history,” Erik Barnes, vice president and general manager of Mount Snow, said in a press release Tuesday.
Until this past week, conditions hadn’t favored snow or snowmaking in New England this fall, with temperatures running well above average.
Webcams at the 3,600-foot-high summit of Mount Snow showed snow coating the ground Wednesday morning. Saturday’s forecast calls for a few inches of accumulating snow at the resort, with temperatures holding steady in the low- to mid-30s.
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“We know that skiers and riders all over the East are champing at the bit to get out there and enjoy the slopes, and we can’t wait to welcome them all on Saturday,” Barnes said.
The ski lifts will be open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Beginner terrain will be unavailable, but additional terrain might be added if temperatures allow for additional snowmaking operations.
For now, Mount Snow will operate on weekends only. It will welcome skiers seven days a week at a later date, which has yet to be announced.
Mount Snow was recently named “Best Snow in the East” by Ski Magazine.