SkiVT Press Room/

Old Man Winter Returns to Vermont for the 2016-17 Season

Opening Day at Killington Resort, October 25, 2016
Snow has arrived at Sugarbush Resort
Flurries up at Jay Peak Resort

Over the past few weeks, Vermont ski and snowboard resorts have been visited by an old friend who brought over a foot of snow to Vermont’s highest peaks. This early season snowfall fired up avid skiers and snowboarders all over Vermont, including those who attended Killington Resort's Opening Day on October 25, 2016. Cold temperatures have also allowed resorts to fire up snowmaking in October in preparation for future opening dates. Once again, Killington Resort has kicked off the ski and snowboard season in the East and soon, others will follow suit. 

“Thanks to an early boost of snow and Vermont’s snowmaking capabilities, we’re starting our winter season about seven weeks ahead of Mother Nature’s schedule,” says Parker Riehle, President of the Vermont Ski Areas Association. “This is a great way to start the 2016-17 season and further ensure that Vermont remains the #1 ski and snowboard state in the East.”

Tentative Opening Dates - updated 12/5/16:

OPEN- Killington Resort: Tuesday, October 25, 2016

OPEN- Okemo Mountain Resort: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OPEN- Stowe Mountain Resort: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OPEN- Stratton Mountain Resort:  Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OPEN- Sugarbush Resort: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OPEN- Mount Snow Resort: Wednesday, November 23, 2016

OPEN- Bromley Mountain Resort: Friday, November 25, 2016

OPEN- Jay Peak Resort: Friday, November 25, 2016

OPEN- Smugglers’ Notch Resort: Friday, November 25, 2016

OPEN- Burke Mountain: Friday, December 2, 2016 for pass holders and Saturday, December 3, 2016 for public

OPEN- Bolton Valley: Friday, December 9, 2016

OPEN- Mad River Glen: Saturday, December 10, 2016

OPEN- Middlebury College Snow Bowl: Saturday, December 10, 2016

OPEN- The Hermitage Club: Saturday, December 10, 2016

OPEN- Pico Mountain: Saturday, December 10, 2016

OPEN - Magic Mountain: Saturday, December 17, 2016

OPEN - Quechee Ski Area: Saturday, December 19, 2016

OPEN - Suicide Six Ski Area: Mid-December  

OPEN - Cochran's Ski Area: TBD

OPEN - Northeast Slopes: TBD

Early season is a great time for skiers and riders to purchase a season pass. Detailed ways to save and maximize mountain-time this season can be found at

For images of early season snow and snowmaking, visit our Ski Vermont photo folder.

Stay in the Snow!
Sign up to receive Ski Vermont emails and powder alerts.
Sign Up
Travel Vermont!
Let us help you get here with driving, flying and train travel tips.
Learn More

Ski Vermont Partners