KILLINGTON, Vt. — Sixteen inches of snow; great for skiing, not so wonderful for World Cup racing.
Saturday’s grand slalom race wound up cancelled at Killington, where post-storm winds wreaked havoc on the race course. The slalom race is on, as scheduled for Sunday.
So, while the post-Thanksgiving Day storm may have turned away 10,000 disappointed spectators on Saturday morning from the Killington base, it also made plenty of skiers and riders happy across the Northeast. It was perfect timing for those making their first turns of the season.
In addition to Killington, Stowe, Mount Snow, Jay Peak, Stratton, and Sugarbush have opened for the season in Vermont. Bretton Woods and Loon are open in New Hampshire; Sunday River and Sugarloaf in Maine.
Wachusett was also able to open for the season, first running its lifts Saturday morning.
More ski areas will be opening as the weeks progress. Friday’s storm probably made the job a little easier for some.