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Killington, Vermont is the first North American resort to open for 2015 – 2016

Killington, Vermont is the first North American resort to open

It's official—the 2015-2016 winter season is on, with Killington, Vermont opening its lifts today. Bragging rights for first tracks often go to Colorado's Arapahoe Basin, which kicked off the past two North American seasons, but warmer than usual temperatures prevented A-Basin and other Colorado resorts from blowing snow so far this fall.

Out at Killington, riders strapped in to an eight- to 12-inch base this morning on the two trails that were ready to shred. Riders were also greeted by a few rails to warm up on, and Killington's Mike Garceau says the park crew has already scheduled a rebuild on the features for tomorrow morning.

Killington plans to keep the snow guns firing as long as possible, but warmer temperatures are in the forecast for the Vermont region. Right now, the resort is slated to stay open through the week but Garceau says that if things get tight they'll suspend operations until the weekend so that there's still enough snow for the larger crowds.

Sunday River, Maine is on track to be the second resort of the 2015-2015 season to open on Monday, October 19.

Stay tuned for updates on Killington's conditions at killington.com.