The question comes up at times who has the best snowmaking system in New England.
There have also been several question about the best places to ski in New England during Christmas week or in early December.
The record breaking lack of natural snow, and generally balmy temperatures have provided a backdrop to truly evaluate snowmaking. Snowmaking and the willingness to use it is obviously the most critical factor in figuring out where to ski during the early season in NE.
I hope this settles a few debates, and perhaps helps some people plan trips over the next few weeks before natural snow has the potential to play a major factor in things.
Resort Percentage Open Runs Available
Sunday River 24.44% 13 runs 15 miles open
Okemo 21.48 7 runs
Bretton Woods 24.19 7 runs 6 miles
Tremblant 17.71 6 runs
Killington 15.48 5 runs 8 miles
Sugarloaf 11.88 5 runs 11 miles
Stowe 18.1 4 runs
Loon 26.23 4 runs 7 miles
Sugarbush 10.81 3 runs 7.2 miles
Stratton 9.28 3 runs
Mt Snow 9.41 3 runs
Jay 8.97 3 run
Smuggs 10.26 3 runs
Jay 8.97 3 run
Wildcat 14.58 2 runs
Cannon 8.42 2 runs
Sunapee 7.58 2 runs 2 miles
-Information was current as of the AM on Tuesday Dec 22nd
-Percentage is based upon the number of trails open and the max advertised but he ski area.
-Miles open is based on advertised information in the daily trail report.
-Runs available takes into consideration how many unique routes are available top to bottom for a chair lift, without generally repeating a trail or large trail segment. It gives an idea of true variety not just trail count or acreage.
Nothing in the data is too shocking, but it does prove some often debated questions. Boyne Resorts is obviously willing and capable of deploying their snowmaking infrastructure and provide a reliable early season product. In VT, while Killington is able to open early up on the North Ridge, Okemo seems to provide the most extensive skiing available from snowmaking. And even in poor weather, location still matters, as the further north you travel there is generally more available with the slightly lower temps that come with those locations.