Karl Stone of Ski New Hampshire says that the Thanksgiving holiday is traditionally a quiet start to the skiing and riding season in the Granite State, but that at least nine resorts are planning to be open on some terrain before or by that weekend.
"It really comes down to the weather leading up to Thanksgiving," Stone said. "It's kind of a warm-up weekend for areas and skiers and snowboarders alike to get things going heading into another winter."
Areas will begin operating on limited terrain, generally with reduced-price lift tickets, with terrain and prices increasing as the season progresses.
Some areas expect to be open for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. These include:
- Attitash Nov. 27
- Bretton Woods Nov. 26
- Cannon Mountain Nov. 27
- Crotched Mountain Nov. 21
- Loon Mountain Nov. 21
- Mount Sunapee Nov. 27
- Ragged Mountain Nov. 27
- Waterville Valley Nov. 21
- Wildcat Mountain Nov. 27.
Here are the projected opening dates for other New Hampshire areas:
- Balsams Wilderness Ski Area Dec. 19
- Black Mountain Dec. 12
- Cranmore Mountain Dec. 5
- Dartmouth Skiway Dec. 12
- Granite Gorge Dec. 18
- Gunstock Mountain Resort Dec. 4
- King Pine Ski Area Dec. 11
- McIntyre Ski Area Dec. 12
- Pats Peak Dec. 5.
Stone advises that all dates are subject to change, and are dependent on the weather.
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