Which areas beside Killington and Sunday River will try to open in early Nov. or even Oct.?

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  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
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    Sugarbush hammering upper trails at both mountains this morning (Tuesday 11/7). 
  • NELSBEERNELSBEER advanced
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    Peak is breaking out of the mold a little with these announcements. The interesting thing will be trail counts displayed at the Boston Ski expo this weekend. Given the number of trails with fan guns at Mount Snow there may be some real surprises here....

    Mount Snow and Wildcat To Open Early For 2017-2018 Ski Season

    Mount Snow, VT – November 7, 2017 - Mount Snow and Wildcat Mountain are pleased to announce early opening dates for the 2017-18 skiing and riding season. Both resorts will be opening for skiing and riding this Saturday, November 11, 2017, marking one of the earliest openings for Wildcat in the past decade, and one of the earliest opening dates on record for Mount Snow.

    “Wildcat has always been known for its early openings, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition,” stated Brian Heon, general manager of Wildcat. “I can’t wait to welcome back everyone as we kick off our 60th season here at Wildcat.”

    In preparation for opening day, Wildcat began its snowmaking operations early this morning. Mount Snow will begin snowmaking operations on Wednesday morning, as they fire up their brand-new snowmaking system that is now the most powerful system in the Northeast, thanks to $30 million in upgrades as part of the recently completed West Lake Water Project.  

    “The West Lake project along with its substantial improvement to our snowmaking system has been a huge undertaking and we’re excited to show what it can do,” said Erik Barnes, general manager of Mount Snow. “Our skiers and riders will really see the difference from day one and throughout the entirety of the season.”

    Both resorts plan to continue snowmaking operations throughout the weekend and beyond, as conditions allow, with a plan to open additional terrain throughout the weekend and into the following week. Carinthia Parks at Mount Snow, just named the #1 Park in The East by Transworld Snowboarding, also plans to open on Saturday morning with a full top-to-bottom terrain park.

    “We’re thrilled to be opening two of our Northeast resorts so early in the season,” stated Jesse Boyd, senior vice president at Peak Resorts. “It’s a great win for all of our Peak Passholders who have been anxious to get back out on the slopes after such a great season last year.”     

    Lift tickets will be available online and day-of with early season rates TBD as well as lift operating schedules for both resorts. 

  • jgrecojgreco intermediate
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    Remski said:


    If true, that means Killington will be open probably on Thurs. - but definitely on Friday!
    Wednesday http://www.killington.com/site/mountain/conditions/dor
  • slathamslatham advanced
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    K for pass holders tomorrow, public Thur.


    Mt Snow on Sat.

  • 4aprice4aprice intermediate
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    To see this many go at it pretty good says to me that they must see good things down the pipeline for Thanksgiving/December.  10 years ago in the fall of 2007 we had a great cold snap in November and even the Pocono's were able to open Turkey day weekend.  

    Alex

    Lake Hopatcong, NJ
  • obienickobienick expert
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    Wildcat Saturday too
  • ski_itski_it expert
    edited November 8 Posts: 1,740
    obienick said:

    Wildcat Saturday too

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  • rickbolgerrickbolger expert
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    Okemo just announced Saturday with the usual WROD, I assume up and down loading on that orange chair
  • ski_itski_it expert
    edited November 8 Posts: 1,740

    And Killington is really open today for pass holders. Looks like they are having fun. Not too crowded on the portion of trail I can see on the cam. (spoke to soon, now I count 14 people. Can't make out how long the line at the chair is. They already counted 2" of season snowfall.

    So snowmakers, do they just run the chair on Superstar so it doesn't become a frozen mess or for some other reason?

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  • newpylongnewpylong expert
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    Yes so it does not freeze and to get the snow makers up easily. Expensive form of transportation but I guess if you have the cash?
  • ME2VTskierME2VTskier advanced
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    Not many bodies on the loaded side. I always wondered if an almost empty lift just kind of idles in rotation without much uphill load on the motor.
  • RemskiRemski advanced
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    Sunday River will open Saturday and it looks like top to bottom.
  • NELSBEERNELSBEER advanced
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    Not many bodies on the loaded side. I always wondered if an almost empty lift just kind of idles in rotation without much uphill load on the motor.

    Commonly the lift will be run at its very lowest/least costly speed; for snowmakers or to avoid icing (or both). When the snowmakers load speed is brought up to closer to normal & dropped again just before they unload, they all have radios these days. Slowing or stopping the lift for 'foot traffic' is pretty normal due to risk management programs.
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    NELSBEER said:

    Not many bodies on the loaded side. I always wondered if an almost empty lift just kind of idles in rotation without much uphill load on the motor.

    Commonly the lift will be run at its very lowest/least costly speed; for snowmakers or to avoid icing (or both). When the snowmakers load speed is brought up to closer to normal & dropped again just before they unload, they all have radios these days. Slowing or stopping the lift for 'foot traffic' is pretty normal due to risk management programs.
    Does that mean they need a lift attendant at the top and bottom at all times while it's running. Are they running it through the night for the snowmakers/prevent icing?
  • ChuckstahChuckstah advanced
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    Bretton Woods is opening tomorrow afternoon from 1-4. Free skiing with a canned food donation.
  • newmannewman advanced
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    They don't need attendants if the lift is used only by workers. The chair closed signs and ropes must be there so nobody jumps on.
  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
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    newman said:

    They don't need attendants if the lift is used only by workers. The chair closed signs and ropes must be there so nobody jumps on.

    I find it hard to believe they'd let a lift run without anyone in the shacks, workers or otherwise. Has to be someone overseeing it. Or they have a really trusting (or naive) insurance agent. Huge liability.
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    newman said:

    They don't need attendants if the lift is used only by workers. The chair closed signs and ropes must be there so nobody jumps on.

    I find it hard to believe they'd let a lift run without anyone in the shacks, workers or otherwise. Has to be someone overseeing it. Or they have a really trusting (or naive) insurance agent. Huge liability.
    The only way I could see how they wouldn't need someone is that someone else is remotely monitoring the performance of the lift, i.e. snowmaking control room or somewhere. If there were to be a major issue and no one is there to actually halt the drives, that could be pretty sketchy.
  • newpylongnewpylong expert
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    There needs to be someone readily available and trained, attendant or otherwise to handle the myriad of situations that can develop with the lift. Tower circuits trip, braking systems trip, and a whole lot more with a detachable lift that I've never seen.
  • mtsnow123mtsnow123 advanced
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    I now see a snowcat going up Superstar!
  • obienickobienick expert
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  • lotsoskiinglotsoskiing expert
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    obienick said:

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    already starting to work the snow...will firm it right up 
  • obienickobienick expert
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    Boom lifts are also present, presumably starting construciton on the VIP area and grandstands.
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