“This is the point of getting this new snowmaking system going,” said Mount Snow communications manager Jamie Storrs on Tuesday. “All the pumphouses are done, the new system is up and running, and we’re ready to fire up the first gun of the season.”
Storrs said Mount Snow was planning to make as much snow as temperatures would allow, and that the cold weather for snowmaking looked like it would last through the weekend. The plan was to have top to bottom skiing on the Main Mountain and the North Face, and to have a full terrain park available for riders and freeskiers in The Gulch at Carinthia.
“We’ll have a little bit for everybody,” said Storrs. “We’re going to make as much snow as possible and open as much terrain as possible. We hope to open more terrain throughout the weekend, and are planning on staying open for the season.”
According to a press release that was issued on Tuesday, another Peak Resorts-owned mountain, Wildcat, in New Hampshire, was already making snow with a Saturday opening planned as well.
“We’re thrilled to be opening two of our Northeast resorts so early in the season,” said Jesse Boyd, senior vice president at Peak Resorts. “It’s a great win for all of our Peak Passholders who have been anxious to get back out on the slopes after such a great season last year.”
New Mount Snow general manager Erik Barnes also weighed in on the opening.
“The West Lake project, along with its substantial improvement to our snowmaking system has been a huge undertaking and we’re excited to show what it can do,” said Barnes in the release. “Our skiers and riders will really see the difference from day one and throughout the entirety of the season.”
Lift tickets at Mount Snow will be on sale for $59 for adults at the mountain on Saturday morning. Lower priced tickets may be available in advance at mountsnow.com.
“It’s nice to be able to say we’re one of the first mountains in the East to open,” said Storrs. “It gets people excited for the season and gets people up to the valley.”
Storrs also said the mountain was encouraging skiers and riders to park at the Main Base Lodge, as parking at Carinthia is severely limited due to the ongoing construction of the new base lodge. The lodge is the second phase of a $65 million construction project. The snowmaking system upgrades and lodge projects are being funded by the EB-5 foreign investment program.
“The early opening is the icing on the cake for the $30 million upgrade,” said Storrs. “It’s going to be fun to see everything light up tonight.”