October 22, 2010
Sunday River, Maine - For the past two weeks the discussion over who'll be the first North American ski resort to open for the season has centered around Colorado's Loveland and Arapahoe Basin ski areas. However today--out of nowhere--Sunday River announced that it had blown enough snow overnight to start running their lifts. It's unclear whether they'll be open beyond this weekend (a criteria in our mind to truly be "open" for the season) and no run is open top to bottom, but props to the resort for totally blowing Colorado out of the water.
Here's a video the resort posted on its YouTube page:
From the resort's website:
You got your tickets yet? To what?! To the gun show, of course! That’s right. We had 74 guns a-blazin’ last night and today—19 hours in total--and we are open! First in the East? Bah. First in the country! Stay tuned for pictures and video!
As you know, we tested the system earlier this month and now Mother Nature finally gave us some weather we can appreciate. Sunday River’s crack snowmaking crew went above and beyond, cranking out enough snow from those famous Boyne Fan Guns to smother T2 in that white and happy goodness we’ve all been waiting for. If you're within striking distance, get up, get on up! The Locke Mountain Triple is turning and we are skiing and riding to the midstation until 4:45--advanced terrain only. Pick up your $25 ticket at South Ridge Base Lodge.
This weekend, expect more of the same, from 8:00 to 3:30 at $25 a ticket with services out of Barker Base Lodge.
It's still early in the season, everybody, so as excited as we all are, remember you're going to encounter some natural obstacles.