Mount Snow, Hunter Mountain, and Wildcat – Announce Opening Days for 2016-2017 Winter Season

Snowmaking Continues....

Mount Snow, Hunter Mountain, and Wildcat – Announce Opening Days for 2016-2017 Winter Season

Wildwood, MO (Nov. 22, 2016) – After taking advantage of four productive days of snowmaking, as well as more than a foot of snow in the Catskills and Green Mountains, three of Peak Resorts’ northeastern resorts will be open for skiing and riding this weekend.

Mount Snow in West Dover, Vt. took advantage of optimal temperatures to begin making snow last Sunday, and have been at it now for more than 50 hours straight.  The southern Vermont resort also received 12 inches of natural snow, which was the largest snowfall at the resort in more than 18 months.  

“Thanksgiving is always a special time at Mount Snow.” said Kelly Pawlak, general manager of Mount Snow. “We are just stoked that Mother Nature decided to join the party.”

Mount Snow will open at 9:00 a.m. on Nov. 23, 2016, with top-to-bottom skiing on Cascade and Canyon, as well as Long John, Deer Run, Launch Pad, and The Gulch at Carinthia, but is prepared to open additional trails as snowmaking and natural snowfall allow. 

Wildcat Mountain in Pinkham Notch, N.H., will open for the season on Thanksgiving, offering up the most vertical terrain in New Hampshire with more than 2100 vertical feet of top-to-bottom intermediate skiing on the Lynx trails. Wildcat’s mountain operations team began making snow in October and returned to snowmaking operations this past Sunday night in preparation for opening day. 

Hunter Mountain in the Catskill Mountains also benefited from the recent snowstorm in the form of significant lake effect snow accumulation. Since Sunday, Hunter Mountain has picked up more than a foot of snow and will open for skiing and riding on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016. Hunter Mountain, known as “The Snowmaking Capital of the World” has been making snow for more than 60 hours straight on trails such as Hellgate, The Cliff, Kennedy Drive, as well as on beginner terrain at Hunter One. 

“The natural snowfall we’ve picked up in the Catskill and Green Mountains has been a wonderful complement to our snowmaking efforts.” said Jesse Boyd VP of Operations for Peak Resorts. “To think that we went the entire 2015-2016 season without a storm of that size and then to receive this right before opening weekend is amazing!”

All resorts have numerous activities planned for the holiday week, including the annual torchlight parade and fireworks at Mount Snow, live entertainment in the various restaurants, and Thanksgiving specials.

Snowmaking operations have also started at Attitash Mountain Resort located in Bartlett, N.H., Crotched Mountain, in Southern New Hampshire, and Big Boulder & Jack Frost resorts in the Pocono Mountains, with target opening dates set for a traditional post-Thanksgiving Holiday opening. 

With another storm system targeting the Northeast, and snowmaking weather forecasted to return later in the week, things are looking promising for skiing and riding in early-December and into the holiday season.

For more about resort conditions, holiday activities, and operating hours please visit the individual resort websites. 

 

About Peak Resorts Headquartered in Missouri, Peak Resorts is a leading owner and operator of high-quality, individually branded ski resorts in the U.S. The company currently operates 14 ski resorts primarily located in the Northeast and Midwest, 13 of which are company owned. 

The majority of the resorts are located within 100 miles of major metropolitan markets, including New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Cleveland and St. Louis, enabling day and overnight drive accessibility. The resorts under the company's umbrella offer a breadth of activities, services and amenities, including skiing, snowboarding, terrain parks, tubing, dining, lodging, equipment rentals and sales, ski and snowboard instruction and mountain biking and other summer activities. To learn more, visit the company’s website at PeakResorts.com, or follow Peak Resorts on facebook