Killington Resort opened today to the public, offering the first skiing and riding in the East for the 39th consecutive year. A foot of natural snow that fell over the weekend augmented the efforts of Killington’s snowmaking crew, and the resort opened four trails served by two lifts this morning.

“The best opening day conditions that the resort has enjoyed in over a decade,” according to Killington officials, serves as a good omen for the 1999-2000 winter season in Vermont. Advanced skiing and riding is available on the Rime trail on Killington Peak.

Other resorts in Vermont also picked up snow over the weekend, including 18 inches of snow at Mad River Glen, 14 inches at Stowe, 6 inches at Sugarbush, 4-6 inches at Okemo and 3 inches at Stratton and Jay Peak.

Killington will not be the only resort offering skiing and riding in Vermont for much longer, with Okemo and Sugarbush planning to open by November 5th; Bromley, Jay Peak, Mount Snow, Stratton and Stowe are all eyeing mid-November for their opening date. As Thanksgiving arrives, Ascutney, Bolton Valley, Burke, Magic Mountain, and Smugglers’ Notch should be open, with Bear Creek, Mad River Glen, Ski Maple Valley and Middlebury College Snow Bowl commencing operations in December.