Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine intends to open for the 2015/16 winter season Monday, necn affiliate WCSH reports.
The resort expects to open on the upper T2 trail, accessible via the Locke Mountain Triple lift in Barker Basin. However, all plans depend on weather and snow conditions.
The current forecast for western Maine shows temperatures dipping into the 20s and even the teens heading into the weekend, allowing for an extended snowmaking window on Sunday River’s Locke Mountain peak. Lift tickets are expected to be $29 for all ages and available to purchase at the Barker Lodge.
"We can't make any promises, but this forecast looks very favorable," Dana Bullen, the resort's president and general manager, said. "Our snowmakers are dedicated to opening as early as possible and this year is no different. But, we wanted to let our passholders and guests know so they can make their plans."
Sunday River is known for its snow-making, typically opening on or around Halloween. The resort expects to open for Monday then begin its early season schedule, open weekends only until mid-November. In keeping with tradition, skiing and snowboarding will be free on Halloween, which falls on a Saturday this year, for anyone in costume.
Last season, the resort opened on Nov. 3 and, in 2013, lifts started spinning on Oct. 26. Other than opening on Oct. 14 in 2009, this would be the earliest Sunday River will have opened in almost 20 years.