New Hampshire Welcomes First Open Ski Mountain of Season

Early openings for ski season have already begun at Keystone in Colorado, Mammoth in California and Nakiska in Canada, and now Bretton Woods Ski Area at the Omni Mount Washington Resort in New Hampshire is the first to open in the Live Free or Die State for the 2009-2010 season. The resort opened Saturday, November 7.

"We have had a good stretch of cool weather for early season snowmaking," said Chris Ellms, director of ski operations for the resort.

The mountain is offering skiing and riding on one trail off the Learning Center Quad, with freshly groomed man-made packed powder. Some terrain park elements will be set up as well for early-season jibbing. Snowmaking will continue and more trails and lifts are planned to open as conditions allow. Also open are the food court, rental shop, Red Carpet Ski School for private lessons, based on availability and current conditions, and TreeTop Sports with clothing and accessories.

Season Passes remain on sale at a reduced rate and available for pick up seven days a week, if purchased before November 30. Special ski and stay packages are available, including the Stay Here, Ski Free package starting at $99 per person per night, based on double occupancy, which includes lodging at the Omni Mount Washington Hotel or Bretton Arms Inn with lift tickets for skiing and riding at Bretton Woods.