Early Season Skiing - Where's the snow?
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Scott - DCSki Editor
September 28, 2000
Member since 10/10/1999
1,096 posts
The nearest resorts that have a pretty good track record opening early with decent Nov/Dec conditions are Snowshoe, Timberline, Canaan Valley, Wisp, possibly Seven Springs and Hidden Valley. All of this is dependent on how good Mother Nature has been. This year, we don't have El Nino or La Nina around so it might be a more "traditional" winter. Who knows.

Killington, in Vermont, makes every effort to be the *first* resort open (in the east, if not the whole country), and makes snow quite aggressively. Other resorts in Vermont do pretty well, too. If that's not too far to drive, that would be your best bet.

My guess is that resorts in New York do only marginally better than some of the resorts around here in terms of early season conditions.

One final comment is that a lot of resorts around here have continually improved their snowmaking each winter, and this winter is no exception. No phenomenal improvements, but each little improvement allows them to make more snow a little faster and better.

James
September 29, 2000
Member since 01/11/2002
2 posts
Where can a person go in the East to ski in November/December and find some snow?

Last year I went to Snowshoe in mid-December and ended up having to mountain bike. It was fun, but I want to be skiing this December--hell, preferably November.

Is there anywhere within a 7/8-hour drive of DC to find some reliable snow?

By the way, I love how all the local ski resorts list their opening day as Thanksgiving... and I thought false advertising was against the law.

(Anonymous)
October 4, 2000
I can't offer any suggestions on where to ski in Nov/Dec, but I can offer one on finding snow. Check out www.weatherplanner.com.

They recently received a write-up in SKI Magazine. Who knows whether or not the forecasts are accurate, but it is fun to see that it might be snowing where and when your your planning a trip.

snowbird1981
October 11, 2000
Member since 10/11/2000
6 posts
James,

Go to Hunter Mountain, New York. It is about 400 miles north of D.C., by Albany. It is a decent size moutnain, with 1,600' of vert. They plan on opening Nov. 11. They're really good about making snow, and they have a long season (i rode there late april and there were top to bottom runs open). It's about a 7 hr drive, maybe a little less. I definitely recommend it for early and late season skiing.

Or you could just come move to Salt Lake City like I did!

(Anonymous)
October 18, 2000
Dunno about the East, but Big Sky in Montana is open NOW.

http://www.bigskyresort.com/frames.asp?main=6&sub=0

(Anonymous)
November 2, 2000
early season...definitly Hunter. They usually open with Hellgate from the summit for 1600 verts....great way to get back into it. I've made the drive in just less than 6 hrs my my bud...but plan for 7.

Nowhere closer to us here in "ski dc's-ville" can match what Hunter does early season, including Snowshoe.

Unless you live in Western virginia, Hunter is actually closer with almost all expressway/tollway driving to boot...therefore without those 2 lane crazy winding WVA roads to deal with...

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