NORTHSHIRE - The Thanksgiving holiday has come to a close and by all accounts several of the surrounding ski resorts have reported having a good - if not better than average - weekend.

Director of Marketing for Bromley Mountain Ski Resort, Michael van Eyck, said that the resort had a "fantastic" weekend and indicated that it was better than in years past.

"From a business perspective definitely," he said. "I mean overall resort revenues were well ahead of where they've been in the past. Also from an operations perspective we've had so much snow from our snowmaking system that it really made for happy customers."

Although she could not reveal numbers, Marketing and Communications Director of Stratton Mountain Myra Foster said that the resort had a "terrific" holiday.

Riders enjoy the good conditions at Stratton Mountain over the Thanksgiving holiday.
Riders enjoy the good conditions at Stratton Mountain over the Thanksgiving holiday. (Hubert Schriebl photo)
Not only were they able to open 36 trails from top to bottom for skiing and riding, but Foster said that several of the other events that they held over the weekend helped draw people to the resort.

"It was a really great way to start off the season," said Foster. "I know we opened the weekend before, but this was really a chance for everyone to get out and ski and ride and celebrate the season."

Dave Meaker, the communications manager at Mount Snow, said that their resort had a great turnout as well and indicated it was one of the best that the resort had had in recent years.

"I would have to say it certainly is in terms of the number of guests that were here, the amount of terrain that we had open, [and] the quality of the terrain that we had open," said Meaker during an interview on Wednesday.

One of the things that seems to have helped all of the resorts tremendously over the Thanksgiving weekend was their ability to open up earlier than normal this season.

"This is definitely a momentum business," said van Eyck. "So, the fact is that we had great momentum going into the holidays. Sometimes opening early, this is our earliest opening since 1993, sometimes opening early has bigger benefits than just dollars and cents. We opened early this year and I think that helped increase the business."

Foster relayed similar sentiments.

"Stratton has invested about $7 million in the resort experience going into the winter and I think people were really excited to get the season started," she said. "Opening a weekend early was also positive. It gave everyone confidence in what the conditions were like because they heard the feedback on social media. Everyone was excited so they knew the skiing and riding was terrific."

Although there was a wintery mix of weather last Tuesday and Wednesday that included a bit of rain, both van Eyck and Meaker said that they weather proved to beneficial because it helped replenish the water supply, allowing them to make even more snow once the temperatures dropped.

While normally Bromley only spends somewhere between 100-110 hours making snow during November, by the end of the month van Eyck said that they spent over 300 hours making snow because of the below average temperatures.

Like Stratton and Bromley, Meaker said Mount Snow's early opening and their ability to make snow throughout the better portion of November has paid great dividends already so far this year.

"That enthusiasm resonates throughout the entire ski and ride community," said Meaker. "I think that's something that once one person comes back from Mount Snow and says 'Oh man, the conditions are amazing. They're making a ton of snow. Everything is looking great up there' and it's only the middle of November, that word spreads really fast within that community and we're certainly benefiting from that enthusiasm."

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