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Sunday River, No Trick, what a Treat!

post #1 of 28
Thread Starter 
Sunday River is open for Halloween!
Actual opening day is scheduled for November 9th, but Boyne has come through with a Treat on this Halloween
post #2 of 28
There is no way I can take advantage of it, but just knowing that there is skiing in New England makes me happy!
post #3 of 28
heard about that on the weather last night - nice!
post #4 of 28
Of course. First, epic skiing at Sugarloaf last spring, and now october skiing at SR! And I'm stuck in New York!

Even if I was home, I probably wouldn't pay $25 to ski this weekend. What am I talking about, canned food +$15 to ski, I'd be all over that!

Even November 9th as the opening date sounds awesome!!!
post #5 of 28
T2's a sweet rail too, I wonder if it will be from the top to the mid-station?
post #6 of 28
Yep, they're using the midstation...

I can't wait until places start opening for real. I'm a beginner with less than 10 days on skis (started last march) and I want to get out there and get better, but not on T2 with everyone and their mom out... I'll just be in the way.

-w
post #7 of 28

...worthless without pictures....

10/31/07 East coast:

post #8 of 28
who opened? boyne in MI?
post #9 of 28
Says right at the top - Sunday River in Maine, newly owned by Boyne.

From the SR website:
"Our halloween ski day was a great success. Thank you to all who enjoyed the first skiing and riding in the east, and a big thanks to the Sunday River snowmakers who made it happen. Our projected opening day is November 9. Stay tuned for updates."

It was, as trek said, a treat. Not an early opening. I think its a great idea. Go Tigger!
post #10 of 28
I was there. Had fun. Copy of my report

http://forums.alpinezone.com/19313-t...oct-31-st.html
post #11 of 28
Thread Starter 
Bob R was skiing with the Tigger!!
How cool is that!?
post #12 of 28
I was in a prisioners suit. there was a guy with a better suit than me though. Tigger probably will put up some of his pictures later and I'll bring them over.
post #13 of 28
Thread Starter 
Any news about the possibility of Sunday River moving up the official opening?
post #14 of 28
Have had some communications with friends up in Maine over the last few days. Haven't heard anything about an earlier opening, but the forecast for next week calls for some decent snowmaking temps, so I'm thinking that the plan for opening next Friday will happen. With the potent snowmaking system they have, they don't need much of a window to open a lot of terrain, they have already laid down a lot of snow, and the new ownership up there seems to be highly motivated to pull this off.
post #15 of 28
Friday is stated date. There is enough snow to open again mid week. As soon as they can get Upper Sundy Punch covered more I would expect an opening.

I would be surprised if they did not open wed or Thurs. I think they would like Cascases open to get to the bottom by friday avoiding the need to down load over a holiday weekend.
post #16 of 28
It's on. SR opens at noon Thursday on T2. 4-6 trails and two lifts on line for the weekend. Favorable temps for snowmaking through the end of the weekend. One of my buddies was there for first chair, as he suspected that they would open today. I'll be joining him shortly. Looks like some decent early season conditions. Mt. Snow is also going to try and open on Saturday morning. Bring it on!
post #17 of 28
http://news.alpinezone.com/19682/

this is the release I saw.
post #18 of 28
Sugarloaf tomorrow...

Things ought to be in good shape for the week after Thanksgiving when I head home .
post #19 of 28
So the places to ski this weekend are Sugarloaf, Sunday River, and Mount Snow?

Next weekend Okemo (17) and Killington (16) are opening from what I've seen.

Stowe/Stratton November 21.

Any word on anything else?
post #20 of 28
Props to SR for opening today. However, first place to open for the season in the east is Woodbury in Ct. again. They opened yesterday.

BTW SR and Sugarloaf are actually owned by CNL Properties, the new largest ski area owner in NE. Boyne did purchase both from ASC but within 24 hours sold them to CNL, Boyne is the operator. CNL also owns Loon and Bretton Woods.
post #21 of 28
Waterville will open on the 17 up top on high country at least. I thought SR won the race openign at 11.30 on Wed. Not to mention oct. 31. Not sure of the exact tiem Woodbury opened.
post #22 of 28
according to SR they opened on Thursday, 11/8
"We're open! Our incredible snowmakers have been living up to their reputation as the best around and thanks to them Sunday River was the first ski resort in the Northeast to open for the season on Thursday!"

Woodbury opened at 4PM on Wednesday. It's the 3/4th year in a row they have been the first.

Course, it's all debatable. Woodbury gets constantly dissed cause it's a small ski hill but I for one has very impressed with Rod Taylor's ownership.

Heck, last season another Ct ski hill(Powder Ridge) after the poor start/outlook just threw in the towel and never opened all season. Woodbury does the complete opposite even they are near each other.

Ownership that is committed to the skiers/riders that go there is a vanishing priority in light of all the resorts owned by large corporations and even worse, private equity firms. How could you not be impressed by a little place in CT that gets the place open so early year after year.

Anyway...it's all good. Personally I don't count the one day that SR opened then closed the next day plus it was only for a few hours, not a whole day as being opening for the season.

Having said that it's obvious that you guys had a great time up at SR and that really is supposed be what it's all about. The pics were awesome and the snow looked surprisingly good as well.
post #23 of 28
Its funny the River opened at 11.30 and Woodbury opened at 4, but they both say they were the 1st. who cares, except the marketing people. If you were there you won.

The only reaon the river opened at 10.30 on Oct 31st is it was bullet proof. They would have opened late oct 30th if it softened up, it never did.

I do count the oct 31st day at the river as opening day. I got 8 good runs it. Had a ball. My 1st oct day on the slopes. It was fun to dress up. Good vibe all around.

Bragging rights are well earnered. alot of other places chose to just wait.
post #24 of 28
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Originally Posted by bob r View Post
Its funny the River opened at 11.30 and Woodbury opened at 4, but they both say they were the 1st. who cares, except the marketing people. If you were there you won.

The only reaon the river opened at 10.30 on Oct 31st is it was bullet proof. They would have opened late oct 30th if it softened up, it never did.

I do count the oct 31st day at the river as opening day. I got 8 good runs it. Had a ball. My 1st oct day on the slopes. It was fun to dress up. Good vibe all around.

Bragging rights are well earnered. alot of other places chose to just wait.
Your times are spot on except, as I posted and is on both resort's websites, Woodbury opened on Wednesday 11/7, SR on Thursday 11/8
Yup, it's all good.
post #25 of 28
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/mod...ticle&sid=3183

Still confused. http://www.woodburyskiarea.com/winte...2008season.htm

Looks like they started snowmaking on WED or thurs and opened on thurs.

I don't mind being wrong just confused.
post #26 of 28
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Originally Posted by bob r View Post
http://www.firsttracksonline.com/mod...ticle&sid=3183

Still confused. http://www.woodburyskiarea.com/winte...2008season.htm

Looks like they started snowmaking on WED or thurs and opened on thurs.

I don't mind being wrong just confused.
Yup, it is confusing. A first person report on AZ, not the thread which declares SR the first to open BTW and other reports show that Woodbury opened on Wed for night skiing at 4PM. Lots of places have declared SR the first to open tho.

I'm moving over to the confused section as well. Let them fight it out while the skiers are the ones who benefit from them being open.

Edit: I dug thru my press releases from yesterday and here is the one from Woodbury.

>>FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rod Taylor
October 8, 2007
Phone: 203 263 2203
Woodbury, CT– Woodbury Ski Area

2007/2008 WINTER SEASON
Woodbury Ski Area is a unique recreational facility located in the Litchfield Hills of Connecticut with the ability to make and groom our own snow. We are recognized as the first Ski Area to open in the North East for the 6th consecutive year.<<



Like the old saying goes it doesn't answer the question just makes for more questions.
post #27 of 28
Cool common ground. Heading back to the River tomorrow.
post #28 of 28
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Cool common ground. Heading back to the River tomorrow.
Have fun......I'm starting to get the feeling that if Woodbury did not open until Thursday then SR is probably the winner. It wouldn't surprise me if SR opening on Thursday was something Rod Taylor was not aware of when the press release went out. Did Woodbury open on Wed or Thurs...that is the question.
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