I wrote "opening weekend" rather than "opening day" because I didn't go on the first day, Saturday 11/19. On Saturday it was colder (Maybe 14-15 degree) and windy, with only two chairs open, so I wussed out. Beside my girlfriend had other commitments on Saturday and would have killed me if I went up skiing without her.
I waited until Sunday 11/20, it got as warm as the low 20's, had some sunshine in the middle of some fog, overall good visibilty, and they opened up a 3rd chair (high speed quad), so it was the better day anyway. Even got to park really close to the plaza area, the closest I've ever parked at Stevens.
WROD (White Ribbon of Death)? NOT!! First of all it was uncrowded, with minimal lift lines. I didn't get on the slopes until 10am but there was still minimal skier/boarder traffic. There was a lot of times when we (myself, GF and another friend who joined us later) were the only people on a run. The Brooks chair had a small section of the terrain park going, that was busy at times. The rest of the runs from Brooks were groomed nicely. Lots of corduroy in the morning, lots of fun. Most of the runs are intermediate with a few short single blacks ptiches her and there.
The Hogsback Express quad wasn't groomed (for the most part) and had a lot more brush and rocks sticking out, and some chop that my out-of-shape legs could only do for so long. We went back and forth between the two chairs, but started and ended the day at Brooks. (The 3rd chair is a slow beginner triple, and some of the Hogsback runs end up at the top of the Daisy chair, so no point using it.)
Not a GNAR shredding day, but who cares? The ski season started and forecasts call for a lot more snow to accumulate this week.
More importantly for me, it was my first time on skis since my tib-fib spiral fracture last year right after Thanksgiving, so it was kind of memorable to make those first turns, those first runs, that first day without breaking anything.