Ski Resorts Begin Winter Preparations - NECN

Ski Resorts Begin Winter Preparations

Sunday River and Sugarlaof anticipate a big ski season



    Ski Resorts Begin Winter Preparations

    (Published Friday, Sept. 19, 2014)

    Technically, it's still summer, but skiers across New England saw the first signs of winter Friday morning.

    Several mountains took advantage of cold overnight temperatures to fire up the snow guns.

    At Sunday River Ski Resort in Maine, the guns on the top of T2 ran for about six hours when the mercury dipped to twenty-eight degrees.

    It was even colder at Sugarloaf, just eighteen degrees, which gave the mountain a good chance to test the snow making system.

    Most of the snow melted by mid-day Friday, but just seeing those trails covered in white for even a short time was enough to get skiers excited for the season.

    According to Nick Lambert from Sunday River, "We've had over one hundred thousand people Twitter and Facebook across social media today, people are excited. For real skiers it isn't that early."

    Sunday River spent $5 million on capital improvements over the summer.

    The mountain will open three new trails this winter, one under a chair lift and two glades. The resort also brought in 172 new energy efficient snow guns.

    Sunday River would like to open by Halloween. They are encouraged by long range forecasts calling for an early and cold winter.

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