An early cold front allowed resorts from Vermont to Maine to fire up snow guns in the beginning of November. New Hampshire’s Loon Mountain its earliest full-area opening on November 8th. , thanks to a $1.3 million investment to revamp its snowmaking. In Vermont, Okemo, Mount Snow and Bromley Mountain are among the resorts that opened in mid-November. For Bromley, it is the earliest opening in 40 years.
The early openings have been achieved in part through the addition of expanded snow-making equipment. Stowe Mountain Resort has spent another $3.4 million on new equipment and upgrades, including 100 tower guns, three fan guns and miles of snowmaking pipe. That’s on top of $4.7 million spent last year.
Maine’s two biggest resorts—Sugarloaf and Sunday River—have installed hundreds of new energy efficient snow guns for this season, on top of big investments in equipment in recent years.
Utah’s ski industry has also received an early-season snow blast. Ski-pass sales and lodging reservations are up as resorts. The early bookings come as Park City Mountain Resorts prepares to celebrate its storied 50-year history with a season-long series of live music, fireworks and giveaways.
Resorts around Salt Lake City have modernized rapidly since the 2002 Olympics, fast lifts can now be found at most of the resorts, and Brighton Resort is opening a girls-only snowboard terrain park.
Many of the 14 Utah resorts are offering deals for season-pass holders, daily visitors and young learners. In Utah, lift tickets range from $32 to $108 a day. For less than $40 a day, several resorts are offering equipment and lessons during January. Park City offers a similar deal all season long with a package of five lessons.