It’s on: Sunday River Opens for the Season
Sunday River in Maine cranked on their lifts bright and early on October 19th and became the second resort in North America to open for the 2015-2016 season. This marked the third earliest opening in the resort’s 56-year history, and close to 750 shredders flocked to the mountain to strap in and get their shred on.
Crisp fall temperatures hovered around 20 degrees throughout the weekend which allowed Sunday River to blow enough snow to open the T2 trail on Locke Mountain and top-to-bottom riding was available on the Lower Sunday Punch trail. A few park features were in place for opening day, and throngs of eager riders dusted off their decks and got after it in Maine.
Check out all the opening shred-nanigans in the edit above (yes there’s some skiers in it) and make sure to pay attention to the :57 mark— Could this be the first near-collision of the season?
East coast resorts are leading the charge opening early this season, as Killington kicked things off on Sunday, but unfortunately, many western resorts are still waiting for cooler temperatures.
Warm weather in Summit County, Colorado has stymied snowmaking attempts at Arapahoe Basin and Loveland, which historically are some of the first resorts to open first each season.
“No snowmaking, means no opening day projection,” A-Basin’s Adrienne Saia-Isaac told us via email. “It’s still as soon as we can,” she continued.
Which resort will open next? Check out NOAA’s Winter Weather Forecast and place your bets.
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