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Black Friday is all white in ski country

Posted by Heather Burke  November 25, 2011 09:14 AM

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While you were stuffing yourself with turkey, ski resort snowmakers were coating the slopes with snow and opening new terrain. Mother Nature helped out with as much as a foot of natural snow as well, allowing a bunch of New England ski resorts to open on Thanksgiving and today.

Here is a list of New England ski resorts open for skiing and riding with limited terrain. It's still early-season conditions, intermediate and expert terrain only in most cases, but a nice kick-start to the ski season just the same

In Vermont, Killington opened first in the East on Oct 29. Now Stowe, Okemo, Jay Peak and Sugarbush are all open.

In New Hampshire, Bretton Woods and Loon both opened this week. Attitash, Waterville Valley and Cannon open today. Cranmore will open this weekend.

In Maine, Sunday River has been open since Oct 29 and now has Locke, Barker and South Ridge open, just in time for this weekend's Demo Days. Sister resort Sugarloaf opened Nov. 22.

So skip the malls and the crowds and make this Black Friday white.

Photo by Greg Burke of Sunday River November skiing

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Eric Wilbur is a lifelong recreational skier who spends most of his winter and spring in the mountains of New England. He does not ski in jeans. You can read more of Eric's work here.

Heather Burke is an award winning ski journalist with over a decade of ski news coverage. As a former ski instructor and a ski parent, she knows the ski biz from the inside out. She and her family visit New England ski resorts, as well as the West and Canada, to report on the latest trends and their best family finds. Her husband Greg takes all the accompanying photos, and their work can be seen at and


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