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Saturday, November 26, 2011

State’s ski areas mark start of the season

Forget Black Friday. Local ski mountains are as busy as the retailers with people looking for a “white” one.

Waterville Valley Resort, Cannon Mountain Ski Area and Attitash Mountain Resort each celebrated opening days Friday, according to SkiNH.com.

Despite the warm temperatures in the southern tier of the state, the peaks up north are covered and ready for carving.

At Waterville Valley, the White Peaks Express Quad and the High Country lift are open, according to the resort’s Facebook page. The Main Street, Ruthie’s Run and Scramble trails are open. Waterville’s Exhibition trail is open for hiking. Temperatures are in the 40s.

At Cannon, lifts started spinning at 8:30 a.m. The Eagle Cliff Triple Chair and the Peabody Express Quad Chair are up and running, according to Cannon’s Web site. Temperatures were recorded at 49 degrees at 9:45 a.m.

Attitash’s Flying Yankee Quad and Mountain Coaster were open Friday morning into the early afternoon. Temperatures were in the mid-30s to 40s.

Opening hours and ticket prices vary for the first day of the season. Conditions at each of the mountains featured packed powder Friday, according to SkiNH.com.

Jackson XC and the Bretton Woods Nordic Center also are open, with 11 and six trails respectively for cross-country skiers.

Most of the resorts have benefitted from dumps of snow over the last couple of days and the help of snow machines churning out some added inches.

Pats Peak and Crotched Mountain ski areas are crossing their fingers and hoping cold weather stays so they can make enough snow to open.

Pats Peak is trying for a Saturday, Dec. 3, opening, but Crotched Mountain isn’t making a prediction. They have their work cut out for them: The National Weather Service says temperatures will barely dip below freezing at night and rise into the 50s for much of the next week or so in the region.

For more information, visit www.SkiNH.com or call 1-800-887-5464.

Maryalice Gill can be reached at 594-6490 or mgill@nashutelegraph.com. Also, follow Gill on Twitter (@Telegraph_MAG).