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November Means Skiing in Vermont

by Linda Warner


Here we are a week away from Thanksgiving, the unofficial start of ski season in Vermont.  Some of the higher elevations have had some natural snow and the temperatures have dipped low enough for snowmaking. Make your plans now.  Winter is here.

Here’s a round-up of which ski areas are already open as well as opening date information for some others.

Killington, which prides itself on offering the longest season in the east, opened on November 8.  Currently they report 10 trails open, 2 lifts and for a total of 5% open.

SkiNov2Mount Snow, located in southwestern Vermont and popular with visitors from New England and New York, is excited that they opened early this year on November 11.  They currently list 11 trails and 4 lifts open for 18%.

Okemo Mountain in Ludlow and Sugarbush in Warren are also open.  Okemo has posted 10 trails and 2 lifts open at 14%. Sugarbush lists 2 trails open and 1 lift.

SkiNov3Stowe Mountain Resort, comprised of two peaks, Mount Mansfield, Vermont’s highest mountain, and Spruce Peak, plans a November 17 opening.  Note – passes are only sale-priced until November 19. Jay Peak is scheduled  to open November 17 for  pass holders and the 18th to the general public.

Smugglers’ Notch and Stratton plan on opening Thanksgiving week.  Stratton on Wednesday, November 22 and Smuggs on Friday, November 24.  Both resorts are offering lodging specials for the weekend.

SkiNov4Bromley Mountain in Peru plans on opening Thanksgiving weekend as well, weather permitting. Until December 8, operation will be Friday, Saturday, and Sunday only.

Magic Mountain in Londonderry plans to open Thanksgiving weekend  for Tubing, and on December 16 for skiing.  They are currently working on a number of improvement projects including adding lights to the tubing/terrain park. All work is scheduled to be complete prior to opening.

For up to date conditions as well as trails/lifts open, consult the Snow & Ski Report. For Vermont weather, see’s weather page.

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