Right Coast Rebound

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11/20/2006

SAM Magazine, Boulder, CO, November 20, 2006 - Eastern ski resorts are back on track as cold weather returned to the region over the weekend and resorts have resumed snowmaking operations. Numerous resorts delayed opening dates last week as warm weather stymied snowmaking and Mother Nature failed to cooperate. But with colder temperatures in store, the region looks set to see a slew of resort openings just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Skiers will also have plenty of options in the Midwest, with many of that region's resorts scheduled to start operations this week.

The openings will complement those in the west, where ski area operators have been taking advantage of plentiful snow to open on schedule and sometimes--as in the case of Aspen --earlier than planned.

If weather conditions remain cold, and resorts open as expected, by next week most major resorts in North America will be running their lifts and the ski season will be in full swing.

Opening dates for the East and Midwest are as follows:
CONNECTICUT
Mohawk Mountain - 11/25
Woodbury - Reopen 11/23

MAINE
Big Rock - 12/09
Black Mountain - 12/26
Lost Valley - 12/15
Mt Abram - 12/16
Saddleback - 12/16
Shawnee Peak - 12/16

MASSACHUSETTS
Blandford - 12/16
Catamount - 12/01
Pine Ridge - 12/15
Ski Butternut - 11/24
Wachusett - 11/24

MICHIGAN
Big Powderhorn - 12/08
Blackjack - 12/16
Caberfae Peaks - 11/24
Cannonsburg - 11/24
Crystal Mountain - 11/23
Hickory Hills - 12/22
Indianhead - 11/23
Mont Ripley - 11/23
Mount Brighton - 11/23
Nub's Nob - 11/23
Ski Brule - Open, 2 - 36 base 4 trails, 2 lifts
Skyline - 12/26
The Homestead - 12/22

MINNESOTA
Afton Alps - Opening TBD
Andes Tower Hills - 11/24
Buena Vista - 11/24
Giants Ridge - 12/02
Hyland Ski Snowboard - Opening TBD
Lutsen Mountains - Reopen 11/23-11/26
Powder Ridge - 11/24
Spirit Mountain - 11/23
Steeplechase - 11/25
Welch Village - Plan to Open 11/24
Wild Mountain - 6 - 36", 3 trails, 3 lifts

NH
Attitash - 11/24
Bretton Woods - 11/24
Cannon Mountain - 11/24
Cog Railway Ski Trains - Plan to Open 11/24
Cranmore - 12/09
Granite Gorge - 11/24
Gunstock - 12/08
King Pine - 12/15
Loon Mountain - 11/22
Mount Sunapee - 11/25
Ragged Mountain - 12/02
Waterville Valley - 11/25
Wildcat - 11/24

NJ
Campgaw Mtn - 12/16

NY
Belleayre - 11/24
Bristol Mountain - 12/08
Gore Mountain - 11/24
Greek Peak - 12/02
Holiday Mountain - 12/18
Holiday Valley - 11/24
Labrador Mountain - 12/01
Mt Peter - 12/02
Plattekill - 12/09
Snow Ridge - Plan to Open 11/24
Swain - 11/24
Titus Mountain - 11/24
Toggenburg - 12/01
Whiteface - 11/24

PENNSYLVANIA
Alpine Mountain - 11/25
Blue Mountain - 12/01
Shawnee Mountain - 12/02
Ski Big Bear - 12/16
Ski Sawmill - 12/02
Sno Mountain - 12/15
Spring Mountain - 12/16

RHODE ISLAND
Yawgoo Valley - 12/01

VERMONT
Bolton Valley - 11/24
Jay Peak - 11/23
Pico - 12/15
Smugglers' Notch - 11/24
Stowe - 11/22
Stratton Mountain - 11/23

WISCONSIN
Cascade Mountain - 11/24
Christie Mountain - 11/24
Christmas Mountain - 12/15
Devil's Head - 11/24
Granite Peak - 11/23
Mountain Top at Grand Geneva - 12/08
Sunburst - Reopen TBA
Trollhaugen - 14 - 28", 4 trails, 2 lifts
Tyrol Basin - 11/24



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Communications Manager - Killington Resort

KILLINGTON RESORT TO OFFER THE MOST OPEN TERRAIN IN THE EAST FOR THANKSGIVING WEEKEND

KILLINGTON, Vt. (November 21, 2006) - Killington Resort will offer the most open terrain in the East for opening day on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, with 16 trails served by seven lifts off Killington Peak and Snowdon Mountain.

Cold temperatures that have allowed snowmaking for the past 96 hours and Killington will kick off the 2006-07 ski and snowboard season at 8 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day, offering six miles of groomed terrain covered with 18-24 inches of snow. In addition, Killington will open two early-season terrain parks to kick off the season on Reason and Upper Double Dipper, featuring numerous hits, rails and boxes.

Killington Resort, which features the most extensive snowmaking system in the world covering more than 50 miles of terrain, has been making snow since Friday evening. Continued cold temperatures will allow for terrain expansion into the Snowshed and Ramshead areas as conditions permit.

"We have been building deep bases on all 16 trails for the past four days and with temperatures remaining cold, we'll take advantage of every available opportunity to produce snow and open more terrain," said Dave Lacombe, snow surfaces manager for Killington Resort.

Killington will offer more difficult and most difficult terrain from the K-1 Lodge area for the Thanksgiving weekend. In addition, Learn-To-Ski/Ride and beginner lessons will be available at the Ramshead Lodge.

Killington Resort and Pico Mountain are American Skiing Company Resorts. Headquartered in Park City, Utah, American Skiing Company is one of the largest operators of ski, snowboard and golf resorts in the country. Other resorts include: Mount Snow in Vermont; Attitash in New Hampshire; Sunday River and Sugarloaf/USA in Maine; Steamboat in Colorado; and The Canyons in Utah. For more information, visit www.killington.com.

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forget opening early, stay open later

Well, yes, some good points here. Prior to snowmaking this wouldn't even be an issue. People would open when Mother Nature dictated. With snowmaking, folks can actually predict opening dates better, so I think ski areas should set an opening date and try to pull the trigger for that date: nothing wrong with deadlines. However, I think the industry as a whole has gotten fixated with opening dates. Resorts open too early, with marginal snow and close too early, often will full coverage. That's the way it is out here in Colorado, at least. I don't have any ideas on how to break the skiing public's fixation with getting out there first thing, but I think the whole industry could do a better job telling the story of spring skiing: bikinis, tons of snow, sunshine, warm weather. A lot to like about April and early May. . .

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