Sunday, October 18, 2009

More Ski Areas to open for the winter season in US

SAM reports Mammoth Mountain (picture attached) and Great Divide, Montana, join the growing ranks of areas that are now open for the season (Loveland, Arapahoe Basin, and Boreal. Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort is now close due to warm temps). Sunday River announced its opening last Wednesday-the first in the East for the third year in a row. This year's opening is 13 days before its last two openings. In addition, Mount Snow, Vermont, hopes to open for a fundraising event this weekend.
Mammoth Mountain opened its doors today with a 24-inch base and free lift tickets for every customer. A storm that swept through the Eastern Sierra left Mammoth with two feet of fresh snow at the main lodge and up to 6 feet on the summit, allowing Mammoth to open on natural snow. This is the earliest Mammoth Mountain has opened in the last 15 years. In 1994, the resort opened on October 8.
A cold snap has allowed Great Divide to make enough snow to open a small section of its terrain this weekend for lift-served skiing and riding. This marks the earliest opening ever for the Montana resort, a record previously set on Halloween in 1998. Snowmakers have also built huge snow piles on WildWood for the WildWood Rail Jam, scheduled for November 7. Great Divide plans to open the Good Luck Chairlift for the season on November 25.
Mount Snow fired up nine guns on the Launch Pad Learning Area Wednesday night. With nighttime temperatures in the 20s, the window of snowmaking could allow the area to start lift service on Saturday morning. The plan is to operate both Saturday and Sunday with a smattering of boxes and other features avvailable. Lift tickets will cost $10 or require a donation of 10 non-perishable food items. All proceeds will go to the Deerfield Valley Food Pantry.