Minnesota Ski Resort Is First To Open In North America For 2022-2023 Season
Much of the state has already seen some snowfall already this fall, and temperatures have been falling fast, so who's ready to hit the slopes?
One Minnesota ski resort has managed to make enough snow over the last couple of days, that today at noon they turned the lifts on marking the start of the 2022/2023 ski and snowboard season.
Wild Mountain, located about an hour northeast of Minneapolis in Taylors Falls, said in an announcement, "Our snowmaking team hustled the last two nights, and successfully made enough snow for us to open. Yes, the 2022/23 season will kickoff at 12pm today!"
October 18th matches the record for their second earliest opening day, they opened on the same date in 1992, and Wild Mountain's earliest opening date was October 7th, 2012.
According to SnowBrains.com, by opening at noon, Wild Mountain was able to open just before Andes Tower Hills ski area located in Kensington, MN, they also plan to open today, but at 6 PM.
Wild Mountain is warning skiers to expect early-season ski conditions and to be aware of things like "bare spots, hidden obstacles, rocks, snowmaking equipment, and other obstructions."
Wild Mountain also plans to open on Wednesday from 1 PM - 7 PM, after that it's up in the air and they ask that you check their website or social media channels for the latest updates on ski conditions. They admit that the conditions aren't the best and urge people that want to get an early ski in to hurry, "Our snow base is limited, so we aren’t sure how long we’ll be able to remain open with the current conditions… so, get in your car."