[R255R, Mount Snow] opened a small terrain park with half a dozen features on Launch Pad Sunday (Oct. 19) after temperatures dipped into the lower 20s overnight allowing the area's PoleCat fan guns to lay down three inches of snow. The guns continued Sunday night as temps again hit the lower 20s. The Launch Pad terrain park is open free to skiers and riders as long as the snow holds. Mount Snow was the first ski resort in Vermont to open in 2007, and was the first resort in New England to open with summit-to-base skiing. Peak Resort's investment in SMI pole mounted fan guns at Mount Snow - including $8 million this past summer - was made in part to capitalize on early season snowmaking opportunities. It looks like a good investment right about now.

Keep tabs on all the early openings right here at at OnTheSnow.com. Two Colorado Front Range ski areas -- Loveland and A-Basin were the first in the west to open with tree-to-tree skiing and riding and some limited terrain park features after a major snowstorm and cold temperatures rolled through the Rockies.. Both of those areas say they will remain open for the season. It's always a bit "iffy' in New England temperature-wise, so always check first before heading for the hills.