2016/17 Opening Dates for Northeast USA Ski Resorts:

Dylan Cautela | | Industry NewsIndustry News
Rob Fox, November 2011, Jay Peak a La Nina year. photo: Tim Fater
Rob Fox, November 2011, Jay Peak a La Nina year. photo: Tim Fater

Although the Northeast’s weather can be extremely relentless and unforgiving, consistently characterized only by its inconsistency, it is home to some very unique resorts and destination locations. From the Great Lakes to the rocky coast of Maine, it is generally possible to find some form of snow to slide down between the months of December and April, even if that form of snow is manmade sheets of blue ice.

Many dates are projected openings sourced from On The Snow.

2016/17 New England Ski Resorts Opening Dates:



  • Killington Late Oct./Early Nov.
  • Okemo- Nov. 22nd
  • Stowe- Nov. 23rd
  • Mt. Snow- Nov. 24th
  • Sugar Bush- Nov. 24th
  • Jay Peak- Nov. 25th
  • Smugglers Notch- Nov. 25th
  • Stratton Mountain- Nov. 26th
  • Bolton Valley- Dec. 29th
  • Burke Mountain- Jan. 4th
  • Mad River Glen- Jan. 7th
The good type of choking on blower...
Head to trenchtown at Jay Peak, VT. Source; activetravels.com (What’s New in New England Skiing)


  • Gore Mountain- Nov. 25th
  • Whiteface Mountain- Nov. 25th
  • Plattekill Mountain- Dec. 18th
  • Bristol Mountain- Dec. 20th
  • Hunter Mountain- Dec. 24th
  • Snow Ridge- Dec. 31st
  • Catamount- Jan. 5th
snow ridge ski resort
Snow Ridge Ski Resort, NY.

New Hampshire:

  • Bretton Woods- Nov. 20th
  • Loon Mountain- Nov. 23rd
  • Wildcat Mountain- Nov. 23rd
  • Cranmore Mountain- Nov. 25th
  • Waterville Valley- Nov. 25th
  • Attitash- Nov. 26th
  • Cannon Mountain- Dec. 2nd
  • Gunstock- Dec. 24th
Nice soft landings for the snowcats
Blasting off in the woods at Wildcat, NH. Source; liftopia.com (Wildcat Mountain)


  • Sunday River- Nov. 12th
  • Sugarloaf- Nov. 19th
  • Mt. Abram- Nov. 25th
  • Shawnee Peak- Dec. 10th
  • Big Squaw Mountain- Dec. 24th
  • New Hermon Mountain- Dec. 24th
  • Lost Valley- Dec. 28th
  • Camden Snowbowl- Dec. 31st
Even in low snow this looks good
Scoring the goods at Sugarloaf, ME. Source; Sugarloaf Mountain Facebook Page. (Sugarloaf Mountain)

Longterm forecast predictions are favorable in the Northeast for above average precipitation. However, they are also unfavorable in the sense of above average temperature projections. Whether this means one degree or a few degrees we’ll have to wait and find out, but it could be the difference between some form of snow or the dreaded freezing rain that plagues the Northeast. As many on the east coast may have noticed by now, the weather probably has changed in the time it took to read this article and will likely do something of a similar nature all winter long.

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