Ski Resort First to Open for Winter - Already

Time to dust off the skis. Sunday River in Maine says it's the first U.S. ski resort to open for the season. After 19 hours of nonstop snowmaking, the property opened part of its black-diamond T2 trail.

About a dozen skiers and boarders, mostly employees, made the first run, and the trail opened to the public with a foot of snow, an unusual achievement a week before Halloween.

"Checkmate, Mother Nature. Sunday River wins," the Newry, Maine resort bragged in an announcement.

Sunday River has been the first ski resort in the East Coast to open four years in a row, but says this is the first time it's beat the rest of the nation.

"It goes to show the magnitude of our snowmaking system and level of commitment towards making this happen," says Brent Larson, Sunday River's vice president of Mountain Operations.

The resort turned on 74 snowguns and kept them blazing, in creating its early coverage. Plans were to stay open for a few days and continue to make snow as weather permits, with a seven-days-a-week opening coming later.

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