Ocotber 25, 2013
Killington Resort in Vermont officially kicked off the East Coast ski and snowboard season today, although they unofficially started loading lifts on Thursday afternoon. Sunday River will follow tomorrow in Maine, offering Easterners two open resorts at which to work out the cobwebs this weekend.
I took my first trip to Snowbird, UT and was blown away. The extraordinary mountain and powder were only exceeded by the kindness and knowledge of the resort staff. There is no doubt in my mind that Snowbird will never be on the main page of this blog. TIP OF THE DAY: If you want the finest guide and instructor, book a day with Charlie Rodger. After skiing 13,000 feet with him in the first 3 hours, I learned some great secrets about the terrain and cleaned up my technique on the bumpy chutes. The fact that I could barely stand up the next day actually made me happy. I was also fortunate to ski with the CFO of Rossignol for a day, who made me realize that I should open an office in Utah.
Killington, VT opened on Nov. 5, 2012
Sunday River, ME opened on Nov.6, 2012
GET IN SOME OCTOBER TURNS !
Minnesota’s Wild Mountain opened with a rope tow on Oct. 7, 2012
Colorado’s Arapahoe Basin opened for ski season on Oct. 17, 2012
California’s Tahoe’s Boreal opened on Oct. 26, 2012, and Mammoth Mountain will open on Nov. 8
Cataloochee Ski Area and Sugar Mountain in NC took advantage of the October snow and opened on Oct. 31, 2012 for some Halloween skiing
Wolf Creek, CO and Copper Mountain will open Nov. 2, 2012, Winter Park on Nov. 14, 2012 and Vail on Nov. 16, 2012
Killington, VT plans to open in early November, followed by Stowe, VT on Nov. 7, 2012
In Utah, Solitude opens on Nov. 15, 2012 followed shortly by Alta, Snowbird, and Park City, which plan to open on Nov. 16 and 17.
Wisp, MD plans to open on November 25, 2012