Killington First to Open in North America

Sunday River a close second

It’s official—winter is here, at least on the East Coast. Killington Resort opened October 18 for season-pass holders, and today for the public. While early conditions still exist (big shocker), the resort is operating two lifts and reported six park features were built and ready to use.

“That was so fun! Everyone was happy, wet but happy! Ambassadors high-fived me and welcomed me back. The staircase was like Penn Station at rush hour, only a lot more social!,” wrote Mary McLoughlin on the resort’s Facebook page. “First time I ever made opening day. Looking forward to a great season!”

Recent cold weather allowed for snowmaking to begin on October 17. Mike Solimano, resort president and general manager, said this was the first time in over a decade that skiing has started this early at Killington.

Maine’s Sunday River followed suit, opening two “top-to-bottom” runs this morning.

Ski top to bottom at Sunday River, where two runs opened this morning. PHOTO: Courtesy of Sunday River
Ski top to bottom at Sunday River, where two runs opened this morning. PHOTO: Courtesy of Sunday River

Inspired to travel east for some early season tracks? Here’s what you should know—Passing Through: Killington, Vermont.

Marquee image: Everything’s bigger in Killington, Vermont.