Earliest Ski Resort Openings Ever!

Perfect North Slopes in Cincinnati Ohio Earliest Ski Resort Opening ever

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The beginning of the 2019-20 ski season is already one for the books at a lot of ski areas this year. How? By setting records on their earliest ski resort openings ever! For a few of them, we’re not talking days but weeks ahead of schedule, all thanks to new technology, an arctic blast of cold air, and of course a bit of Ma’ Natural. From Colorado to Pennsylvania and places in between, here’s six ski areas that have set records on the earliest ski resort openings ever!

Great Divide Ski Area

Opening Day: November 9th

Source: Independent Record

Great Divide Ski Area in Montana snowmaking Earliest Ski Resort Opening ever
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Great Divide has a long-standing streak of being the first to open and last to close in Montana. And for the 2019-20 ski season, they made sure to keep that tradition alive and well. Thanks in part to over 55 inches of snow since September and cold temps, Great Divide Ski Area opened on November 9th, beating their previous record by one day. Alongside their ski area expansion, this is already shaping up to be an amazing 2019-20 ski season.

Steamboat Springs Resort

Opening Day: November 15th

Source: Steamboat Pilot & Today

Steamboat Springs in Colorado Earliest Ski Resort Opening ever
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As we talked about in our article 1st ski resorts to open in the US/Canada, Colorado is having an insanely good early season. So good that Steamboat Springs just had its EARLIEST opening in its history by running lifts on Friday, November 15th. This is all thanks to cold temperatures and significant snowfall. In fact, the 63 inches accumulated at mid-mountain is the MOST ever since they started recording in 1996.

Greek Peak Mountain Resort

Opening day: November 15th

Source: CNY Central

Greek Peak in Cortland New York Earliest Ski Resort Opening ever
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Central New York’s largest ski resort, set in the Finger Lakes Region, decided to take a risk this season. Due to the abundance of cold weather and a dash of natural snow, they pulled the trigger and started making snow. The result? Greek Peaks’s earliest opening in history as the lifts started turning on Friday, November 15th. It was such a big deal that a few loyal fans in the region took the day off to hit the slopes. And for those that picked up an Indy Pass, you can join in on the early season fun too since Greek Peak is part of this amazing bargain.

Bear Creek Mountain Resort

Opening Day: November 15th

Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

Bear Creek Mountain Resort in Lehigh Valley Pennsylvania Earliest Ski Resort Opening ever
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A great example of a RECORD early season opening is Bear Creek Mountain Resort in the Lehigh Valley. Under the current ownership, the earliest ski resort opening ever was on December 1st. As the temps dipped below freezing to a “balmy” thirteen degrees, they opened on Friday, November 15th.

Perfect North Slopes

Opening Day: November 15th

Source: Cincinnati.com

Perfect North Slopes in Cincinnati Ohio Earliest Ski Resort Opening ever
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Residents of Cincinnati were seen donning hats, gloves, and mittens not just because it was cold but rather that their local ski area Perfect North has opened up for the ski season! This was all due to them hitting the “magic” number of 28. That’s the temperature needed to start making snow and boy did they ever! On Friday, November 15th, they opened terrain off of three lifts and set their earliest opening ever.

Blue Mountain

Opening Day: November 16th

Source: The Morning Call

Blue Mountain Resort Earliest Ski Resort Opening ever
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As we highlighted in our previous Who puts the “king” in snowmaking article, Blue Mountain is a BEAST when it comes to shooting snow. While they try to open by Black Friday every year, this fall has given them the opportunity to have the earliest start to a ski season in the resort’s 42-year history. They were able to open on Saturday, November 16th with five trails and two lifts.

Snow-making technology has come a long way in the last few decades. So, when the thermostat dropped below freezing, these ski areas took full advantage of it. If you’re fortunate to live near one of these resorts, wax your gear and grab those helmets ‘cuz it’s the earliest ski resort openings ever!

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