By Courtney Fowler, Staff Writer
On November 2, Sunday River became the first ski resort to open in New England, beating
Killington ski resort in Vermont by just two hours.
“We always try to be the first to open every year,” said assistant manager Ben Taylor, “this
year we were lucky enough to beat Killington by just two hours. It was close, but we did it once
Sunday River had been preparing for the opening for many weeks prior. There was two inches
of natural snow recorded on the day of the opening, but “guns had been pounding T2 and Snow
Punch for weeks,” Taylor said.
The hype around campus was evident days prior to the opening as well, as students prepared
their skis and snowboards for the first run of the season. The predicted snowstorm to hit on the
same day only heightened the excitement for those looking forward to the event.
“We may not have gotten the huge snowstorm like we thought, but it didn’t matter,” explained
Andrew McCabe, UMF junior who attended the opening, “to be back on the mountain was the
important part.” With such a large percentage of students who ski and snowboard, many at UMF
had been awaiting the opening of Sunday River for months.
McCabe and his friends even headed up to the mountain the night before it opened, waiting
anxiously to snowboard for the first time this season. “Being able to hang out at the condo again
with all my friends was sick. We made breakfast that morning and just waited for the mountain to
open. We were all hyped to hit the terrain park.”
Trevor Hisler, UMF sophomore who also attended the opening, explained his day with
excitement in his eyes. “I love Sunday River,” he said, “this is my second year going to opening
day and you just can’t beat it. Getting back on the mountain again is an unexplainable feeling.”
With the sun shining high and glistening off the fresh snow, it was no doubt that students enjoyed
their first day on the mountain.
Taylor concluded that opening day had in fact, been a huge success. “The turnout was
great,” he said, “there was honestly more people than I expected. This season is going to be
phenomenal.” Sunday River is expecting to have a better season than last year, bringing Frozen
Rush back and predicting heavy snowfall throughout the winter.
Both McCabe and Hisler are looking forward to the remainder of the season, anxiously waiting
to get back to Sunday River. “I can’t wait to get back on the mountain,” McCabe said, “I just love
the everything about it. The park, the people, everything. It’s a cool place.”