PINKHAM NOTCH — Wildcat Mountain and Mount Snow have announced early opening dates for the 2017-18 skiing and riding season.
Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch is known for its elevation greater than 4,000 feet offering over 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding.
Mount Snow is a premier four-season resort located in the Green Mountains of Southern Vermont featuring four mountain faces of downhill skiing and snowboarding.
Both resorts will be opening for skiing and riding this Saturday, Nov. 11, marking one of the earliest openings for Wildcat in the past decade.
“Wildcat has always been known for its early openings, and we’re thrilled to continue the tradition,” stated Brian Heon, general manager of Wildcat.
“I can’t wait to welcome back everyone as we kick off our 60th season."
In preparation for opening day, Wildcat began its snowmaking operations early Tuesday morning.
According to Jack Fagone, marketing director at Wildcat, the resort will be open weekends until Thanksgiving, then daily starting Thanksgiving Day.
Ticket rates for this weekend will be $49 all ages. The Wildcat Express will be open 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. to the Lynx Trail.
The Wildcat Pub will be open with limited menu.
Fagone said the first 60 people to arrive at the ticket desk will receive a 60th anniversary commemorative poster.
Mount Snow also fired its brand-new snowmaking system, one of the most powerful systems in the Northeast, thanks to $30 million in upgrades as part of the recently completed West Lake Water Project.
“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 Erik Barnes, general manager of Mount Snow. “Our skiers and riders will really see the difference from Day One and throughout the entirety of the season.”
Both resorts plan to continue snowmaking operations throughout the weekend and beyond, as conditions allow, with a plan to open additional terrain throughout the weekend and into the following week.
“We’re thrilled to be opening two of our Northeast resorts so early in the season,” stated 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.”
Lift tickets will be available online and day-of.
For more information, go to skiwildcat.com or mountsnow.com.