Sunday River has opened for skiing and riding, thanks to high-tech snow guns and some cold weather - and Brent Larson, VP of mountain operations, hopes it's for the season.
Sunday River's T2 trail is open from the summit of Locke Mountain to the mid-station of the Locke Mountain Triple chair.
This marks the fourth year in a row that Sunday River is the first resort on the East Coast to open and the first time ever the resort is the first in the nation to open.
Lift tickets are $25 and can be purchased out of the Barker Base Lodge next to the Locke Mountain Triple chairlift. The Locke Mountain Triple chairlift will open at 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 23 and 24, with the last chair at 3:30 p.m.
Sunday River made snow for 19 hours straight starting Thursday night, and at sunrise, a handful of skiers and riders waited patiently at the base of the Locke Mountain triple chairlift until the resort officially announced it would open.
The resort tested its snowmaking system Oct. 10, but weather unsuitable for snowmaking kept the guns quiet until Thursday.
"It goes to show the magnitude of our snowmaking system and level of commitment towards making this happen," Larson said on Friday. "We started snowmaking last night, worked nonstop and we're skiing today, which is pretty incredible."
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