Winter always seems to sneak up on me.
One day (Sunday, in this case), I’m pushing the season and wearing Bermuda shorts to the local supermarket. A couple days later, I receive word that the state’s two largest ski areas are not only making snow, but are planning to open.
First to open: Sunday River in Newry, which fired up the lifts on Tuesday for a 9 a.m. start. According to a resort press release, a recent $1 million investment in snow-making equipment made top-to-bottom snow coverage possible earlier, and easier, than before.
“Thanks to our new energy-efficient snowguns, we’re able to make more snow on more trails by using less air than in years past,” said Dana Bullen, president and general manager of Sunday River, in a news release.
Sugarloaf also credited its new fleet of state-of-the-art snowmaking equipment for its Friday opener to the resort’s 62nd year in operation.
When below-freezing temperatures hit the Carrabassett Valley resort on Sunday, the snow-making crew hit the slopes and fired up the snow guns, producing plenty of powder that groomers will spread across the slopes.
According to Sugarloaf officials, Friday’s open trails will include Boardwalk, Lower Winter’s Way, with lift access via the Double Runner East chair.
The mountain will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 3:50 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, but will close on Monday for the midweek period. If conditions remain good, Sugarloaf will open for the season on Nov. 16.