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    Except for Killington-very weak effort to get open

    I've been checking the Wildcat website snow report and live web daily. It seems they are not making an all out snowmaking assault to open, you can hardly see any snow making going on. They are very slow to update their web site too.

    Over at Cannon, the last to open and the first to close, they announced opening day the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the past I believe they always opened on Friday after Thanksgiving. To make matters worse, they will then close Mon-Thurs before re-opening. I can't imagine this, what if there's a two foot dump and they are closed?



    The Mount Snow web site is bragging about the most powerful snow making system in the East, but don't plan on opening anytime soon. Little to no info at Okemo, Bretton Woods or Loon. In the past, Bretton Woods made an all out effort to open early-not so anymore.

    Killington the big winner again open everyday since Sunday. Sunday River in second again opening tomorrow-Friday.

    Overall, disappointed that Mount Snow-Okemo-Wildcat opening day is a long way off, since I have an Epic pass this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granite View Post

    Overall, disappointed that Mount Snow-Okemo-Wildcat opening day is a long way off, since I have an Epic pass this year.
    Vail hasn't been known to open their resorts early. In the age of superpasses it really doesn't matter to open early-->people have already spent their money on prepurchasing passes. The additional walk-up tickets profits are likely minimal.

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    Well, Hunter is making snow on HBK and Belt parkway at the same time. That has not happened since Orville and Izzy were alive. I have to say, Vail must be behind that one!

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    Get use to it, as I would venture to guess that next year most of the Vail resorts will have hard opening dates around the 3rd weekend in November. Maybe you will get lucky and they will push Mount Snow a little earlier.

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    Killington already won the race to open first, it's not like they stand to gain much by rushing to open this weekend. Shouldn't really come as a surprise either, especially given Vail's track record

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregnye View Post
    Vail hasn't been known to open their resorts early. In the age of superpasses it really doesn't matter to open early-->people have already spent their money on prepurchasing passes. The additional walk-up tickets profits are likely minimal.
    There is no profit with early season walk-up tickets

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    You've got a good weather window right now for about 48-60 hours.

    Sunday it warms up a bit, some "questionable" weather moves in for Monday, then back to the cold all the way as it looks like through next weekend, when a bunch of resorts will open up, and likely with top to bottom products and probably even on a couple of routes.

    I agree that I would of loved to use my Epic pass at Mount Snow this weekend. They probably will have plenty of snow down, where they're making snow right no to get open for Sunday. It's a business though, and the reality is that by holding off until next Friday, the opening day product is going to be far superior and far more numerous than something this Sunday would of been.

    Their (Mount Snow's) snowmaking system is as good as any there is. However, even the best snowmaking system still needs well over 24 hrs, if not more like 48 hours, to put down enough product to go from basically bare ground to a fully connected trail that is ready for the public, and this weather window we have now arrived maybe 18 hours too late to be able to pull it off for a Saturday opening. Then it just becomes a business decision about opening on a Sunday in early November verses holding off 5 days and getting a Friday opening with more terrain available
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    https://www.newscentermaine.com/arti...2-2d8593dca10e

    With the labor market for seasonal labor getting tougher for ski areas, as well as ever increasing energy prices, its not really surprising to see ski areas back off from trying to push for the earliest possible opening.

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    Quote Originally Posted by drjeff View Post
    Their (Mount Snow's) snowmaking system is as good as any there is. However, even the best snowmaking system still needs well over 24 hrs, if not more like 48 hours, to put down enough product to go from basically bare ground to a fully connected trail that is ready for the public, and this weather window we have now arrived maybe 18 hours too late to be able to pull it off for a Saturday opening. Then it just becomes a business decision about opening on a Sunday in early November verses holding off 5 days and getting a Friday opening with more terrain available
    I think this statement sums it up best. There are a lot of people with unrealistic expectations here. The argument that "well K has been open so why can't others get open yet" is a silly one too. K has an ideal setup to allow them to open a few hundred feet of vertical near the summit where you have the best snowmaking temps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by granite View Post
    I've been checking the Wildcat website snow report and live web daily. It seems they are not making an all out snowmaking assault to open, you can hardly see any snow making going on. They are very slow to update their web site too.

    Over at Cannon, the last to open and the first to close, they announced opening day the Saturday after Thanksgiving. In the past I believe they always opened on Friday after Thanksgiving. To make matters worse, they will then close Mon-Thurs before re-opening. I can't imagine this, what if there's a two foot dump and they are closed?

    The Mount Snow web site is bragging about the most powerful snow making system in the East, but don't plan on opening anytime soon. Little to no info at Okemo, Bretton Woods or Loon. In the past, Bretton Woods made an all out effort to open early-not so anymore.

    Killington the big winner again open everyday since Sunday. Sunday River in second again opening tomorrow-Friday.

    Overall, disappointed that Mount Snow-Okemo-Wildcat opening day is a long way off, since I have an Epic pass this year.

    Cannon has announced the Saturday before Thanksgiving...Nov 23rd. Which would seem to be a week early for them. And Bretton has announced Thanksgiving weekend which does seem late. I'm interested to see what thy offer at the Boson Ski Expo next week. They usually have some cheap multipacks but they have a new gondola and lodge to pay for, with no shortage of customers.

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