Eastern Resorts Open

Hot on the heels of Killington and Sunday River opening in the United States, Quebec’s Mont Saint-Sauveur is now the first resort open in Canada.

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Thanks to cold temperatures over the weekend and with the help of 16 hours of snowmaking, Mont Saint-Sauveur opened today at noon, and will close at 9:30 p.m. This marks the resort’s second-earliest opening—the earliest being Oct. 18, 2009.

In the yearly battle to be the first resort to open in North America, Killington, Vt., gunned for the top. The Beast of the East opened Sunday, Oct.18, hours ahead of rival Sunday River, Maine.

During a Ski Vermont media reception on Oct. 15 in Toronto, Ont., held in conjunction with the Toronto Snow Show, Killington’s communications/PR manager Michael Joseph told the crowd, “I’d love to blow your minds with some big news.

“I don’t know if you have heard, but Sunday River in western Maine announced they’re going to open for skiing and riding next Monday,” said Joseph. “They think they’re going to be first people in the East to open for skiing and riding, and they’re wrong, because Killington is going to open on Sunday. We’re going to be the first resort open in North America thanks to our awesome snowmakers. Ski season is here starting Sunday.”

The number of trails open each day will depend on weather conditions.