Okemo opened for the season on Nov. 13. Photo courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort.

It’s always good news when the Vermont ski season gets underway well before Thanksgiving. Killington opened in October while other ski areas, including Okemo, Mount Snow, and Bromley, recently welcomed the start of the 2013-14 season.

Cold temperatures, snowfall in the higher elevations, and ideal snowmaking conditions have helped the Vermont ski season get off to an early start.  For the first time in Okemo’s history, the mountain opened with top-to-bottom skiing and riding on Nov. 13.

“No one can recall ever having top-to-bottom skiing on opening day, and our collective memories go back 30-plus years,” said Bonnie MacPherson, director of public relations at Okemo, located in Ludlow.  “Unless there was an amazing natural-snow year prior to 1982 that we don’t know about, this is the first time.”

Ski areas, including Okemo, are opening ahead of their target dates because of effective snowmaking and early snowfall.

As long as the weather cooperates, more ski areas will be opening in the next couple of weeks, including Jay Peak, Sugarbush, and Stowe (Stowe hosted a season pass holder day on Nov. 16).

I’m so excited. After a bit of a hiatus, I’m looking forward to hitting the slopes again this season.

For a list of Vermont ski area opening dates, visit SkiVermont.com.

Bromley mountain Vermont
Bromley Mountain after a recent snow storm. Courtesy of Bromley Mountain.




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