Connecticut's four main ski areas are making snow thanks to the cold snap that moved in at the end of last week, with their eyes on getting the Winter of 2010-11 rolling big time.

[R513R, Woodbury] of course already has welcomed skiers and riders.

Operator Rod Taylor takes pride in getting at least one slope covered in snow as early in each season as he possibly can, hoping to be the first in New England, or the Northeast, or the whole East, or even the entire country to offer skiing and riding.

This year it was Nov. 12, early by any standard.

"A day that peaked at 60 degrees quickly turned into a night with a strong temperature inversion that allowed the Team Woodbury Snowmaking Crew to begin making snow by 9 p.m. on Nov. 11. By midnight temperatures had hit 24 degrees, while some areas around the town were still in the 40s," Taylor reported.

The result was opening day Nov. 12.

Warm, wet weather since then prompted closure, but Woodbury got its early opening day once again.

Woodbury reconfigured slopes, expanded the tubing lodge into a full-service facility, expanded learn-to-ski-and-snowboard terrain with a dedicated carpet, and relocated the terrain park to provide more room and length to the jumping area.

Meanwhile, [R239R, Mohawk Mountain], [R256R, Mount Southington], and [R386R, Ski Sundown] all look to opening as soon as the cold weather allows sufficient snowmaking.

More information call 203-263-2203.