Ski Season Is Upon Us

Sunday River and Killington get an early jump on the season by opening in October.

Sunday River's Welcome sign via Boyne Resorts

Sunday River’s Welcome sign via Boyne Resorts

Winter is no longer coming, it is here.

On Sunday, Killington flipped the switch on its K-1 Express Gondola and North Ridge Triple chair in order to service two trails on the mountain, both holding their own with a respectable base depth of 6-12 inches of snow. The mountain had its snow guns up and running on Saturday.

We are underway, folks. #beastwinter #beast365

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If you ain’t first, you’re last. Here’s to the longest season in the East. #beastwinter #beast365 #skitheeast

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Killington is historically one of the last mountains to close in the northeast. Last season, Killington was able to keep its popular Superstar Trail open through Memorial Day.

Sunday River, usually one of the first mountains in the northeast to open, turned on its Locke Mountain Triple Chair on Monday to surface four top-to-bottom trails. The Locke Mountain Triple Chair is known for its mid-station loading and unloading area that allows skiers to take advantage of early and late season conditions.

Top to bottom baby! #openingday #happyplacefound

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Sunday River fired up its snow guns in mid-September but it was only yesterday that the mountain felt it had enough of a base to open for the season:

Sunday River plans to operate only on weekends through mid-November as the snow base builds up on the trails. The resort remained open through May 2 this past winter.

Sugarloaf, the other giant mountain resort in Maine, normally stays open late into spring but closed unusually early in order to upgrade the chairlifts that service its highest points. It is expected to open in the near future.