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Ski areas go great guns to open

Blast of arctic air allows snow making, early start to season

Jeff Fitzgerald, left, and Jason Baker adjust snow guns Thursday evening atop Willard Mountain in Washington County in November 2008.
Jeff Fitzgerald, left, and Jason Baker adjust snow guns Thursday evening atop Willard Mountain in Washington County in November 2008.
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Ski resort operators are welcoming an extended blast of arctic air by activating their snow guns and hoping for an early beginning to the downhill season. “This is early for us to start,” Chic Wilson, owner of Willard Mountain ski center in Easton, Washington County, said Thursday. “But there is too much cold for too long a period of time not to take advantage of it,” Wilson said. Wilson said turning on the snow-making machines ...


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