Monday’s burst of snow is just a friendly reminder, that winter is only a few short weeks away. Which means the ski and ride season is upon us.
Monday sure felt like a pure winter day with snow adding up in the mountains. “It’s so good to see real snow coming down out of the sky, to compliment all the snow we have been making over the past few weeks here,” said Mike Chait.
Chait is the public relations director for Smugglers’ Notch. He tells us the snow making began two weeks ago, in anticipation of opening Thanksgiving weekend.
“Right now we have got a lot of snow put down on the trails. We are at the point where mountain ops will start pushing out those piles, and spread it out so the snow can settle,” he said.
A strong start to the season encourages visitors, and last year, just under 4 million people came to Vermont to hit the slopes.
According to Chloe Elliott, the communications manager for Ski Vermont, a third of Vermont’s tourism revenue comes from the ski industry.
“The ski industry is about a 1.6 billion dollar industry,” she said.
Come this weekend, 50% of resorts will be open. “We will have nine resorts, we have six right now. With three more open by this weekend,” she said.
Including Smugglers’ Notch, which is opening on Black Friday.
“Typically most resorts will have intermediate and expert terrain open, and that is what we will have behind us here on Sterling Mountain,” said Chait. With beginner terrain available at Morse Mountain.
The first chair heads up the hill at 8:30am.
“People come out nice and early to get that first chair. Slapping high fives hooting and hollering.The stoke is high,” he said.
Across northern New York, Whiteface Mountain opened just this past weekend. For a full list of open ski areas and resorts click here.