Vermont Ski Resorts Celebrate Snowy Forecast & the Start of Snowmaking Season: Thanksgiving is Hug a Snowmaker Day

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With another snowy La Nina winter slated and epic predictions from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, snowmaking operations will commence soon.

Photo by Shem Roose

Come carve some turns after carving the turkey!

Stick season is no time to hibernate as ski resort employees excitedly prepare for opening day, just a month away at some Vermont areas. In addition to the natural snow hitting Vermont this week, more than ghosts and goblins will be outfitted in snowsuits soon. With another snowy La Nina winter slated and epic predictions from the Old Farmer’s Almanac, snowmaking operations will commence with early season rail jams and the laying of a smooth and pristine snow base. In fact, annual snowmaking at Vermont ski areas covers 4,360 acres of terrain with more than 120 chairlifts accessing those abundant trails; a land area five times the size of New York’s Central Park.

Thanks to dutiful snowmakers and sophisticated technology, Thanksgiving weekend is the traditional opening for Vermont skiing; so it is with reverence that Ski Vermont proposes that dedicated skiers and riders visit Vermont ski resorts and hug a snowmaker – they’ve worked hard to make this holiday a white one.

And while many New Englanders digest in front of the big game, keep in mind, “With over 600 miles of snowmaking pipes and superior snow guns, Vermont ski resorts have enough capacity to fill Gillette Stadium with over 40 feet of snow in one hour,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle.

Vermont has the most terrain covered by snowmaking in the East. This snowmaking prowess allows many resorts to jumpstart the season by opening earlier, with more quality terrain. Come carve some turns after carving the turkey! Here’s some much anticipated Ski Vermont opening dates and snowmaking info from the resorts:

Nov. 19: Mount Snow, Okemo Mountain Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort
Nov. 23: Stratton Mountain Resort
Nov. 25: Bromley Mountain Resort, Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Dec. 10: Bolton Valley Resort, Burke Mountain Resort
Dec. 16: Pico Mountain, Suicide Six Ski Area
Dec. 17: Magic Mountain
*Killington Resort: As early as snowmaking operations permit.

  • Mad River Glen: As soon as available after Thanksgiving.

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