Okemo opened for the season on Nov. 15. (photo: Okemo Mountain Resort)

Early Openings of Vermont Ski Resorts Set Record

Montpelier, VT – Coming off of not only one, but two near record-breaking seasons with over 4.5 million skier visits each, Vermont’s ski and snowboard resorts have already set a new record this season. The state boasts 12 resorts open for skiing, riding and even Nordic skiing today and at least another opening prior to Thanksgiving. This time last season Vermont was bragging about a record-breaking ten resorts opening the weekend before Thanksgiving, but that goal has been far surpassed already this season.

“There isn’t a better way to kick off the ski and snowboard season in Vermont than with cold temperatures, natural snow, and 13 resorts open for business before Thanksgiving,” said Ski Vermont President Parker Riehle. “The momentum from two successful seasons prior has definitely added to the success of this early season, as we saw over $15 million in efficient snowmaking upgrades over the summer among other improvements. Clearly, these investments are already paying off.”

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Okemo opened for the season on Nov. 15. (photo: Okemo Mountain Resort)
Okemo opened for the season on Nov. 15. (photo: Okemo Mountain Resort)

Killington Resort, home to the longest season in the East, has been continuously open since November 3rd and is boasting 17 trails with more on the way this weekend. Okemo Mountain Resort also opened early on November 15, and several resorts special for season pass holder appreciation days including Stowe on November 15, and Jay Peak, November 21.  Mount Snow Resort, Bromley Mountain, Sugarbush Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort, Stowe and Jay Peak will open to the public today and Stratton Mountain Resort will open Wednesday.

Cross-country resorts are breaking records this season with the help of new snowmaking equipment and cold temperatures. Vermont has never experienced this many open Nordic resorts so early in the season. Trapp Family Lodge, Riker Nordic Center, Craftsbury Outdoor Center, and Okemo Valley Nordic Center will all be open today.

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