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Helped by Recent Snow, First Northeast Ski Resorts Prepare to Open

Buoyed by fresh snow and cold overnight temperatures, one ski resort in the Northeast started its snowmaking process this week, the first step in opening ski resorts for business.

Sunday River, a ski resort in western Maine’s Mahoosuc mountain range, brought out its snow guns this week after a burst of snowfall over the weekend in preparation for the start of the ski season. The resort isn’t expect to open its doors until November 12th, but recent natural snowfall coupled with snowmaking means that ski season is almost here in the Northeast.

Sunday River is known for being the earliest resort in the Northeast to open its doors. Last year, they opened on October 19th thanks to early snow and cold temperatures.

A secondary system could help Sunday River and other ski resorts in New England out this week. Wet snow fell across lower Michigan on Wednesday, and that same system is set to cross the Great Lakes and deliver another burst of snowfall to parts of New England and upstate New York. Higher elevations such as Sunday River could receive up to 6″ of snow, with perhaps a few isolated totals even exceeding half a foot across New England.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi – Featured photo courtesy: Sunday River

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