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When are Vermont's ski areas opening in 2020? A mountain-by-mountain roundup.

The Burlington Free Press logo The Burlington Free Press 11/19/2020 Austin Danforth, Burlington Free Press

Vermont officials have laid out their expectations for the 2020-21 ski season.

Now the state's alpine slopes are prepping to welcome back skiers and riders for the first time since March.

Many of the state's biggest resorts have circled November dates to fire up the lifts for the first time. Read on to see what the state's 20 ski areas are planning for opening the coming weeks, according to individual resort websites and SkiVermont.com.

a man riding skis down a snow covered slope: This is no April fools joke. Fresh snow covers Madonna at Smuggler's Notch resort Tuesday, April 7, and will most likely sustain the resort to it's April 19th closing date with snow to spare. © RYAN MERCER/FREE PRESS This is no April fools joke. Fresh snow covers Madonna at Smuggler's Notch resort Tuesday, April 7, and will most likely sustain the resort to it's April 19th closing date with snow to spare.

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Bolton Valley 

No posted opening date as of Nov. 19.

Bromley Mountain 

The Peru ski hill with nine lifts has targeted Nov. 27 as its first day of the season, according to an Oct. 1 message from its general manager.

Burke Mountain

The resort saw snowfall and made snow before warm weather hit earlier this month, according to social media posts, but no open date has been set. Ski Vermont has said the Northeast Kingdom ski area will be opening for snow sports soon. 

Cochran’s Ski Area 

Richmond's family-friendly, eight-trail hill will be opening but has yet to post a possible first day for the season. 

Jay Peak

Vermont's most northerly ski area has said it plans to open by its traditional first day, the Friday of Thanksgiving weekend (Nov. 27). 

a group of people walking in the snow: Skiers and riders hit the slope at Killington Resort for the first day of the season in 2019. © COURTESY Skiers and riders hit the slope at Killington Resort for the first day of the season in 2019.

Killington 

The largest ski resort in the state had initially hoped to open for skiing and riding on Nov. 14. It has since announced it will begin operating Nov. 20.

Killington will not be hosting an FIS World Cup ski event this Thanksgiving weekend due to complications posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Pico anticipates opening Dec. 19.

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Lyndon Outing Club

No posted opening date as of Nov. 19.

Mad River Glen 

The skiing-only mountain is aiming to open for the 2020-21 season on Dec. 12.

Magic Mountain

The Londonderry location has its sights set on a Dec. 5 opening.

Middlebury Snow Bowl

Middlebury College has announced it plans to open its slopes on Dec. 2 for use Wednesday through Sunday. The school will open Rikert Nordic Center, its cross-country skiing facility to the west on Vermont 125, seven days a week starting Dec. 1.

Mount Snow

The resort, located in West Dover, has said it intends to open to skiing and riding for the winter starting Nov. 25.

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Northeast Slopes 

Home of the oldest continuously operated ski tow in America, the Corinth ski hill announced on Facebook this week it plans to open after Christmas, conditions permitting.

Okemo Mountain

Ludlow's ski hub expects to open for the winter season on Nov. 25, according to Ski Vermont.

Pico Mountain 

Killington's neighbor has set Dec. 19 as its opening day.

Ski Quechee 

The 13-trail hill plans to be open Friday to Sunday from late December into February. No specific date was readily available as of Nov. 6.

Smugglers’ Notch 

Nov. 27 is the anticipated start date for the lifts at Smuggs.

a man riding skis down a snow covered slope: Middlebury's Justin Aiker carves a turn during the NCAA slalom championships in 2019 at Stowe Mountain Resort. © AUSTIN DANFORTH/FREE PRESS Middlebury's Justin Aiker carves a turn during the NCAA slalom championships in 2019 at Stowe Mountain Resort.

Stowe Mountain Resort 

As of Nov. 19, northern Vermont's biggest resort has said it is shooting to begin operating on Nov. 25.

Stratton Mountain

Stratton has its eyes on turns and Turkey for Nov. 26. Thanksgiving Day is the date the resort has picked to kick off its winter season.

Sugarbush 

The Mad River Valley's two-mountain ski area expected to begin on Nov. 21 at its primary location at Lincoln Peak but has since delayed to later in November with the exact date still to be announced. It plans to start operating its Mount Ellen location on Dec. 18.

Suicide Six

Pomfret's long-serving runs, also associated with the Woodstock Inn & Resort, have not released a date to open for its 85th season as of Nov. 6. But lifts will only operate Wednesday through Sunday. 

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Contact Austin Danforth at 651-4851 or edanforth@freepressmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter at @eadanforth.

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