Vermont Ski Resorts Announce Opening Dates for Winter 2011 - 2012

Vermont ski resorts have announced new, earlier opening dates thanks to heavy investment in new snowmaking at properties around the state. Currently announced dates are:

Nov. 19: Mount Snow, Okemo Mountain Resort, Stowe Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Resort
Nov. 23: Stratton Mountain Resort
Nov. 25: Bromley Mountain Resort, Jay Peak Resort, Smugglers’ Notch Resort
Dec. 10: Bolton Valley Resort, Burke Mountain Resort
Dec. 16: Pico Mountain, Suicide Six Ski Area
Dec. 17: Magic Mountain

Killington Resort will open as early as snowmaking operations permit, and Mad River Glen will open as soon as available after Thanksgiving.

Additionally, resorts around the state are rolling out new improvements to get ready for 2011 – 2012.

Bromley Mountain Resort has spent $150,000 in snowmaking upgrades and launched a makeover of its learning zone, which now includes a new warming hut with bathrooms and a new carpet lift.

Stratton Mountain Resort, which crowns the highest peak in southern Vermont, is adding a terrain park on Big Ben and two new trails.

Smugglers’ Notch Resort will host its annual BrewFest showcasing local and regional breweries on Dec. 3. The event will feature a DJ, snacks and giveaways along with eight beer samples and a souvenir glass. Entry is $18 per person.

At Bolton Valley Resort, on Dec. 18 skiers and riders who show up in complete Santa attire- “the whole complete package head to toe,” according to Ski Vermont- will earn a free lift ticket for that day.