The Mid Atlantic got off to a promising start in October, with cold weather and substantial snow, raising hopes of skiers and riders across the region, and allowing some resorts to spin their lifts.

Alas, more seasonable temperatures returned as November wobbled toward Thanksgiving, melting cover and prompting lifts to shut down again.

[R434R, Sugar Mountain Resort] opened, then closed, as did [R103R, Cataloochee].

[R407R, Snowshoe Mountain Resort] targeted the day after Thanksgiving for opening, the traditional start of ski season on the East Coast, but lack of sufficient snowmaking weather forced a delay.

Snowshoe is now looking at a Dec. 10 opening.

The regional forecast makes that seem likely.

Snowshoe's Laura Parquette said, "After a rollercoaster fall, Snowshoe Mountain Resort will open ski operations for the 2010-11 season Friday, Dec. 10 at 9 a.m. The Pocahontas County resort saw early snowflakes fall on Oct. 5, but has seen less than an inch of total snowfall since that time. A mild November forced the resort to delay its planned opening day on Nov. 24. With some good snowmaking weather following the Thanksgiving Holiday, and long-term forecasts calling for a cold start to the month of December, Snowshoe has targeted Dec. 10 for opening day. With several chances for periods of prolonged snowmaking, the resort will open with great snow coverage from top to bottom and a variety of available terrain."

Skiers and riders who frequent Snowshoe have their fingers crossed.

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