Roughly two months after tropical storm Irene wrought serious damage in the Northeast, a late October snow storm and snowmaking temps means all systems are go and this weekend [R198R, Killington Resort], [R255R, Mount Snow] and [R443R, Sunday River] will open for early season skiing and riding.

The storm swirled over southern and central Vermont, then up the coast toward Maine leaving anywhere from a dusting to as much as nine inches at Killington over the last two days. Mounain Operations teams have completed preseason snowmaking tests and snowguns have been running for 24 hours at a few resorts.

As typical of early season skiing and riding, only advanced terrain will be open, as trails are ungroomed and coverage is thin and variable. No beginner terrain will be available at this time.

This weekend's schedules are dependent on weather. Check with each mountain's website at the end of the day to see if they will be operating the following day.

See more images of snowfall around the Northeast below.


Killington picked up nine inches and plans to open Rime for advanced skiers and riders tomorrow. Photo Courtesy of Killington Resort.


Killington Resort, VT

Where: Rime trail

When: Saturday, Oct. 29, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday

Lift tickets: $39 for adults (19-64), $33 for Young Adults/Seniors (13-18/65+) and $27 for Juniors (7-12). Season pass holders who have not activated their passes may do so at the Snowshed Sales Center beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29.

Access: The K-1 Gondola will provide uploading and downloading


Sunday River, ME

Where: T2 trail on Upper Locke Mountain, plus terrain park set up with a single barrel rail, flat rail and flat box.

When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 10:01 a.m., 8 a.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday, lifts run until 4 p.m. daily.

Lift tickets: $29 and available at Barker Base Lodge, come in a costume and ski free on Halloween.

Access: Locke Mountain Triple


Mount Snow, VT

What: Preseason Launch Pad/Rail Jam

Where: Launch Pad at Carinthia Parks

When: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. both Saturday Oct. 29 and Sunday Oct. 30.

Lift tickets: $10 for lift riders and hikers alike, at the Clocktower Building starting at 9:30 a.m. with all proceeds going towards local Irene recovery efforts. The season pass office will be open so come pick-up or purchase your pass.

Access: Discovery Shuttle (Lift #28)


More snow is in the forecast for Saturday night, so stay tuned and enjoy these early season treats:


Mount Snow's fan guns prep Launch Pad for this weekend's Rail Jam. Photo Courtesy of Mount Snow.


A snowy summit at Bromley. Photo Courtesy of Bromley Mountain.


Some fresh tracks under the gondola at Stratton. Photo Courtesy of Stratton Mountain.


Okemo picks up eight inches at the summit. Photo Courtesy of Okemo Mountain Resort.

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North Peak at Loon Mountain. Photo Courtesy of Loon Mountain.


Updated 3:30pm EDT, Oct. 28, 2011