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Nov 24, 2016 6:14 PM

NH ski areas take advantage of the cold and snow to open slopes


Out of a desire to avoid a rerun of last year's warm, rainy winter, several Granite State ski areas took advantage of the cold weather and snowfall this week to open up the slopes.

Wildcat Mountain opened its season toady from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. giving skiers a shot at a single top-to-bottom run, Jerry Woodward, guest service manager for the resort told the Union Leader.

He said the Thanksgiving opening is a Wildcat Mountain tradition, and it tends to attract season ticket holders who want to get a quick ski in before warming up with turkey and stuffing.

Bretton Woods opened three lifts and five trails on Tuesday, and Loon Mountain opened two lifts over nine trails on Wednesday.

Long-term forecasts for the winter show a possible colder-than-normal start followed by a warmer-than-normal finish, leaving ski industry people preparing for changes and surprises to keep skiers running down the slopes this season.

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