Vermont (PRWEB) October 31, 2012
While we celebrate Halloween and the final show of autumnal color, Vermont ski resorts are preparing for first chair and opening their arms to winter. Soon new snow-making equipment will fire up, and beautiful layers of white will start to cover the rivulets of trails winding down Vermont mountains. Make sure you’re prepared with a fresh tune and pass or ticket in hand as opening days are just around the corner.
Tentative Opening Dates:
Early November: Killington Resort: (Opened for pass holders October 13-14!)
November 17: Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort, Okemo Mountain Resort
November 21: Stratton Mountain, Mount Snow Resort
November 23: Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Bromley Mountain,
November 24: Jay Peak Resort
December 8: Bolton Valley
December 14: Middlebury College Snow Bowl
December 15: Magic Mountain, Mad River Glen, Pico Mountain
For a taste of what Vermont ski resorts are doing to prepare for opening day:
Smugglers’ Notch Resort:
An investment of over $1,000,000 in snowmaking enhancements brings an additional 150 high efficiency tower guns and a new electric compressor to Smugglers’ Notch Resort. This investment will allow more snow to be made at a wider temperature range and with greatly reduced energy costs. New guns have been positioned to provide increased coverage on selected popular trails on each of Smugglers’ three mountains.
Stratton Mountain Resort:
The season’s first snowflakes fell at Stratton on October 8, an early sign of the snowy and cold winter meteorologists are calling for. Stratton’s investments and improvements in an extensive snowmaking system, however, allow for what the weatherman cannot: a great snow guarantee. Adding new snowguns to the arsenal, expanding coverage and increasing overall efficiency lets Stratton to lay down the white carpet over 93% of terrain.
Bromley will turn on the guns as soon as temps permit after November 1! They’ve installed 60 new, permanent, energy efficient snow guns over the entire top of mountain. That brings the total gun count up to 310, spread out over 150 acres of our 178 acres of skiable terrain.
Stowe Mountain Resort:
This year Stowe Mountain Resort continues to invest in its state-of-the-art snowmaking operations with an additional 4.7 million dollars in new equipment and upgrades that include; 325 HKD tower guns, 150 energy efficient land guns, 16 Super Pole Cat fan guns and seven miles of new snowmaking pipe. In addition to supplementing its already superlative snowmaking, this year’s improvements will allow Stowe to operate with greater energy efficiency and eliminate 100,000 gallons of diesel storage, use and emissions.
Magic Mountain has spent the summer adding two trails to its snowmaking system which covers 70% of the mountain. In addition, Magic's volunteer army has been out in force on three weekends this fall clearing and opening up its existing network of tree-skiing glades while also creating an entirely new glade.
Sugarbush Resort is heading into the 2012-2013 season primed and ready. Snowmaking begins in earnest as soon as temperatures permit. Opening day at Lincoln Peak is scheduled for November 17th. Last season’s purchase of 40 new high-efficiency snowmakers adds to the already large capacity of snowmaking output at Sugarbush. These new guns allow Sugarbush snowmakers to make more snow, more efficiently and at a wider range of temperatures.
Okemo Mountain Resort:
Effects of the “Frankenstorm” and long-range, multi-colored weather maps predicting a weak-to-moderate El Nino year with above-average snowfall in the Northeast are spreading through social media like Vermont maple syrup on a warm pancake. Okemo Mountain Resort is ready for whatever Mother Nature sends its way. Lifts have been load-tested, tower guns are poised and snowmakers are waiting for that first stretch of cold temperatures that will trigger the start of “Operation Winter.”
Mount Snow Resort:
Did you know that Mount Snow’s powerful snowmaking system can fill an Olympic-size swimming pool with snow in just 47 minutes? With a state-of-the-art arsenal of snow guns, anchored by more than 250 high output/high efficiency fan guns, once the temperature drops below the freezing mark skiers and riders will be seeing a lot of snow being made in a short period of time. Also, North America’s only six passenger bubble chair, the Bluebird Express, will service all open terrain from the summit of Mount Snow.
In conjunction with Green Mountain Power and local Vermont farmers, methane gas from cow manure will be converted into electricity to “mooove” the K-1 Express Gondola. Killington Resort is pleased to announce that it will power its K-1 Express Gondola during the 2012-13 season with electricity generated directly from cows on Vermont dairy farms.
In celebration of the 75th Anniversary, Pico Mountain is introducing the 2012-13 Vermont Student Pass for $75 when purchased by December 1, 2012. This pass offers Vermont students, Kindergarten through 12th grade, unlimited access to Pico Mountain's 53 trails for the 2012-13 winter season. Additionally, Pico Mountain has added a new trail for the 2012-13 winter season giving the mountain a total of 53 trails.
Mad River Glen:
Over the first 17 years of co-op ownership, Mad River Glen has invested nearly $5 million in capital improvements. Unlike other ski areas Mad River’s goal is to maintain and preserve the experience rather than overhaul or upgrade it. Both the skier-owners and the management understand that skiers come to Mad River for the unique combination of legendary terrain, sense of community, low skier density and intimate atmosphere.
Jay Peak Resort:
As part of an effort to get people excited about the season and onto the slopes easier, Jay Peak announced that it is slashing the price of all of its lift tickets. Skiers and riders will see price drops in all ticket categories, from single to multiday, when they reload their tickets online. Some multi-day ticket prices will be lowered by as much as $50. A single-day lift ticket last year was $75. This year a single-day ticket will cost just $64—a drop of 15%. Single-day tickets for Vermonters will be only $50.