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Killington to open Sunday?

Posted by Eric Wilbur, Boston.com Staff  November 2, 2012 10:14 AM

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With light snow falling across some portions of the Northeast, and cold temperatures in the forecast, Killington Mountain Resort said Friday that it may attempt to open for skiing and riding on Sunday.

"Our goal is to open as quickly as possible. Based on the current forecast, we believe that it will be difficult to open Saturday, November 3. However, there is a chance we will be able to open Sunday, November 4," the resort posted on its blog. "Weather for Sunday and into early next week is forecasted to improve substantially for snowmaking with lower temperatures and humidity."

Killington, of course, opened one weekend last month for passholders only, and was also aiming for an early November opening. It's odd to not see Sunday River, which prides itself on an early-opening, competing with the Beast to open, but warm, wet weather in the Newry, Maine area has limited snowmaking capabilities.

Here are more tentative opening dates in New England. Other resorts have yet to post a date, or are playing it by the ear of the weather.

New Hampshire:
Waterville Valley: Nov. 17
Bretton Woods: Nov. 22
Cannon Mountain: No. 23
Cranmore Mountain: Nov. 23
Gunstock: Nov. 30
Pats Peak: Dec. 1

Maine:
Sugarloaf: Nov. 16
Mt. Abram: Dec. 15
Saddleback: Dec. 15

Vermont:
Killington Resort: Full opening day expected early November
Stowe Mountain Resort: Nov.17
Sugarbush Resort: Nov.17
Okemo Mountain Resort: Nov.17
Stratton Mountain: Nov.21
Mount Snow Resort: Nov.21, (Nov. 17 if possible)
Smugglers' Notch Resort: Nov.23
Bromley Mountain: Nov.23
Burke Mountain Resort: Nov. 23
Jay Peak Resort: Nov.24
Bolton Valley: Dec. 8
Middlebury College Snow Bowl: Dec. 14
Magic Mountain: Dec. 15, (12/8 if possible)
Pico Mountain: Dec. 15

Massachusetts:
Wachusett: Nov. 23
Catamount: Dec. 1

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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 www.familyskitrips.com and www.luxuryskitrips.com.

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