PINKHAM NOTCH — Thanks to an extended period of cold weather that allowed for good snowmaking temperatures starting Nov. 2, Wildcat Mountain officials have announced that the resort will be opening for skiing and riding on Friday.
Wildcat will be among four Vail Resorts ski areas set to open this week — the others being Mount Snow in Vermont, opening Wednesday; and Hunter Mountain in New York and Big Boulder of Pennsylvania, also slated for a Friday opening.
Attitash and Wildcat were purchased by Vail Resorts from Peak Resorts earlier this year.
Attitash is set to open, as usual, in December.
On Wildcat’s website Tuesday, the snow report said skiing will be offered on the Lynx Lair; Upper, Middle and Lower Lynx; and Lower Catenary, offering 2,100 vertical feet of terrain from the summit.
Lift tickets are available in advance online.
Wildcat notes that, as a precaution, skiing and riding will be recommended for advanced skiers and riders only, and only limited services will be offered.
“We will not have rentals, or ski school to start the season, and the Wildcat Pub will be back with a limited
menu but plenty of cold beer flowing,” said the snow report.
For more information, call (603) 466-3326 or go to skiwildcat.com.
Cranmore Mountain Resort in North Conway and Bretton Woods have also been pumping out the snow.
Bretton Woods announced Tuesday it would be opening today from noon-3:30 p.m.).Regular daily operating hours begin Thursday.
Officials there said Monday: “For all of you wondering, the Bretton Woods Skyway eight-passenger gondola is complete and will be operational this winter. Keep checking the Bretton Woods Facebook page for more updates as we inch closer to the start of the season.”
Cranmore, where snowmaking began Nov. 9, plans to open on Saturday, its earliest ever, with skiing and riding on the South Slope (no tubing yet). Cranmore will be open only on weekends until December.
Many local resorts will have representatives at the Boston.com Ski and Snowboard Expo, set for Nov. 15-17.
Meanwhile, the Eastern Slope Ski Club held its 49th Ski Sale at the North Conway Community Center on Nov. 8 and 9. Club Vice President Mark Porter said the sale was very strong Friday night, grossing about $50,000, of which the club takes 20 percent to go support the club’s Junior Ski Program for local schoolchildren.
Business was slower on Saturday with a gross of about $20,000, Porter said.
Karen Dolan, Cranmore Snowsports director and supervisor of the Junior Program, said an organizational meeting will be held for ESSC Junior program volunteers at Tuckerman Brewing Co. in Conway on Nov. 20 at 5:30 p.m. At that time, program benefits for volunteers will be outlined.
For more information, go to easternslopeskiclub.org.