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View Poll Results: Who will be open by early next week? (you can choose multiple)

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  • Killington

    28 84.85%
  • Sunday River

    28 84.85%
  • Sugarloaf

    7 21.21%
  • Okemo

    10 30.30%
  • Loon

    7 21.21%
  • Jay

    4 12.12%
  • Bretton Woods

    12 36.36%
  • Mount Snow

    16 48.48%
  • Jiminy Peak

    5 15.15%
  • Wildcat

    14 42.42%
  • Woodbury

    4 12.12%
  • Another hill that doesn't usually partake in early season action

    3 9.09%
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  1. #51
    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    Now the real question is, what will the crowds look like at Snow. Will people realize they are the winner and it'll be mobbed? Or will it be the usual crowd with 2x the terrain?
    I've never gone opening weekend before, will it be really crowded? I was thinking most people aren't ready for the season to start yet, kind of like in Spring how people are done with the season when others aren't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    Sunday River won't be half bad either. Be interested as to what they light up when the temperatures drop. I'm surprised Loon isn't in this game too.

    Now the real question is, what will the crowds look like at Snow. Will people realize they are the winner and it'll be mobbed? Or will it be the usual crowd with 2x the terrain?
    Loon may be in the game, they started Snowmaking Tuesday night. SR could be good, they have gone TTB with snow making on Punch)Lower Punch and Right Stuff. But it's just a start below midstation. Last night it may have been colder lower so there may be more production down low. It was 23 at Skyeship base this morning and 32 at K1 over Killington way.

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  3. #53
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    I've never gone opening weekend before, will it be really crowded? I was thinking most people aren't ready for the season to start yet, kind of like in Spring how people are done with the season when others aren't.
    Historically, there's a rush at first chair, and more so because of limited acres, not limited chair capacity, it feels a bit crowded through lunchtime, and then late morning the "few and done" crowd start leaving, plus the folks who's day 1 ski legs wear out start leaving, and it mellows out in the afternoon.

    Having a run on the Northface open will likely help decrease the crowding sensation that typically the Cascade/Canyon opening day route off the summit gets
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  4. #54
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    I've never gone opening weekend before, will it be really crowded? I was thinking most people aren't ready for the season to start yet, kind of like in Spring how people are done with the season when others aren't.
    Killington is known to be mobbed its first weekend with just the North Ridge Triple running. Mount Snow is probably going to have more people but three lifts running. Trails are going to be crowded wherever you go but it's an advanced crowd with people making predictable movements, looking back before cutting across the trail, and giving each other plenty of space.

    However this season is unique in that so many places will be open there's a lot of room for the niche pre-Thanksgiving crowd to ski.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ss20 View Post
    Looks like K has no intention of pushing for top-to-bottom by Sunday...

    Unless Okemo is hiding something up their sleeve, Mount Snow looks like the clear winner for most terrain this weekend. Realistically 4.5 ways down. Sounds like they're going to hit River Run, Deer Run, and Little John with their new water source rather than opt for something like Ridge. Kinda a waste given they're all connector trails, in my opinion.

    Freefall is a big plus as well...hoping they don't groom it. I hit it a few days after it opened last year over Thanksgiving and it kicked-ass ungroomed with massive whales.
    Agree. A bit of snow on Mouse Trap on Snowdon but that is it there for TTB. Thought they might have started on lower East Fall to add Canyon Quad at least but nope. Haven't really even started Great Northern loop off the top of K1 to North Ridge yet. Make of it what you wish but K isn't adjusting it's early season plans one bit this year.

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  6. #56
    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Loon may be in the game, they started Snowmaking Tuesday night. SR could be good, they have gone TTB with snow making on Punch)Lower Punch and Right Stuff. But it's just a start below midstation. Last night it may have been colder lower so there may be more production down low. It was 23 at Skyeship base this morning and 32 at K1 over Killington way.

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    Serious inversion at Mount Snow too, looking at the webcams. I think everyone will lose temps today afternoon-midnight tonight or so.
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  7. #57
    Quote Originally Posted by machski View Post
    Agree. A bit of snow on Mouse Trap on Snowdon but that is it there for TTB. Thought they might have started on lower East Fall to add Canyon Quad at least but nope. Haven't really even started Great Northern loop off the top of K1 to North Ridge yet. Make of it what you wish but K isn't adjusting it's early season plans one bit this year.

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    I wonder if we will actually see them lose some day ticket customers early season this year with so many other mountains open. Would be nice for those that go there, but a major hit in their lift ticket sales potentially.

  8. #58
    Quote Originally Posted by Jully View Post
    I wonder if we will actually see them lose some day ticket customers early season this year with so many other mountains open. Would be nice for those that go there, but a major hit in their lift ticket sales potentially.
    The hit to their ticket sales happened by opening 3 weeks later.. obviously not their fault but without october openings they lose that early season exclusivity


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  9. #59
    Quote Originally Posted by drjeff View Post
    Historically, there's a rush at first chair, and more so because of limited acres, not limited chair capacity, it feels a bit crowded through lunchtime, and then late morning the "few and done" crowd start leaving, plus the folks who's day 1 ski legs wear out start leaving, and it mellows out in the afternoon.

    Having a run on the Northface open will likely help decrease the crowding sensation that typically the Cascade/Canyon opening day route off the summit gets
    What about on Sunday? Crowds are usually less on Sundays anyways and it is still football season.
    We'd probably be part of the "few and done" crowd, but not sure yet.
    Would you compare it to a normal mid-season Saturday/Sunday crowd or moreso with it being opening weekend?

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  10. #60
    Quote Originally Posted by Jcb890 View Post
    What about on Sunday? Crowds are usually less on Sundays anyways and it is still football season.
    We'd probably be part of the "few and done" crowd, but not sure yet.
    Would you compare it to a normal mid-season Saturday/Sunday crowd or moreso with it being opening weekend?

    Thanks for the info!
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