Mount Washington gets first measurable snowfall 2 weeks before opening day


WATCH: Two weeks before opening day the first storm of the season has dropped 20 centimetres of snow on Mount Washington.

It’s a winter wonderland again on Mount Washington with enough snow to build a snowman and coat the ski runs in white.

“It’s starting to look almost like an old friend is coming back, it’s like this really beautiful backdrop that we’re having right now, everything’s white and lovely so I think it just brings out the best in everyone,” said Mount Washington spokesperson Sheila Rivers.

It’s a good start to the season but the resort needs a lot more snow before it can get grooming machines on the mountain to prepare for opening day.

“We’re known for our really big overnight snowfalls so anything is possible of course and you know we’ve got lots of time between now and Dec. 7 to get more accumulation.” added Rivers.

“We like around three feet because obviously, it compresses a little bit once we put the cats on it and that usually gives us a pretty good base to start with,” said Mount Washington Slope Supervisor Rich Meads.

The resort is still hiring for many positions so there will be lots orientation happening over the next two weeks.

New this winter is RFID, making it quicker for skiers and boarders to get on the lifts.

“And that’s Radio Frequency Identification, so this is like your bank card where we’re popping microchips into our new tickets so the gates will automatically open once they register the cards so the skiers and boarders can just slide on through,” said Rivers.

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