Without further adieu... the 2014/2015 ski season is officially under way in the Northeast. Thanks to the tireless work of their snowmaking teams – and a few well-timed flurries cued up by Mother Nature – Killington Resort (VT) and Sunday River (ME) welcomed their first skiers and riders of the season this week.
At 9 a.m. Monday, season pass and lift ticket holders converged on Sunday River's Locke Mountain Triple to carve the first turns of the 2014 ski season. Access was limited to the upper portion of the resort's T2 trail, under a high-powered flurry of snowmaking guns.
"As pioneers in snowmaking, we continue to explore and upgrade to the newest, most efficient equipment on the market," says President of Sunday River Dana Bullen. "And, we are as committed to using that equipment as we are to our guests."
This season, Sunday River has invested in 172 energy-efficient snowguns, new towers and new Variable Frequency Drives (or VFDs for you ackronym addicts). VFDs will allow the resort’s snowmaking team to more accurately monitor and control the speed and output of the snowmaking system under varying conditions and needs. In addition, skiers and riders will have more terrain to explore in the heart of the season thanks to another 50 acres of expert terrain set to open this winter. The resort now offers 170+ trails spread across nearly 900 acres of Maine's alpine tundra.
Sunday River is expected to resume operations on Saturday, November 8.
Vermont's Killington Resort followed suit shortly after at 11 a.m. Monday, spinning up lifts for anxious season passholders to tally their inaugural laps of the season on the North Ridge Triple. Terrain park features were in place to help freestyle riders dust off the cobwebs for the season and will remain in place as conditions allow. The resort opened ticket windows to the public on Tuesday, November 4, with lift tickets currently priced at $49 (full-day Adult). Expect that price to increase as snowmaking allows more terrain to open over the coming weeks.
Killington's list of 2014/15 improvements includes nearly 400 new low-energy snow guns, trail-widening and improved way-finding signage at trail crossings and intersections to provide easier routes for novice skiers and riders navigating between the resort's multiple peaks and base areas. In addition, uphill travel via skins and snowshoes has been expanded allowing those looking to earn their turns to journey between Killington and Pico Mountain via the new Interconnect trail.
Killington will be open for daily operation as weather permits. Current conditions