Ski Ward in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts is the first ski area in North America to open for the 2023-24 season, according to Unofficial Networks, a ski and snowboard blog, and POWDER Magazine.
The ski area officially opened on Sunday, Oct. 22, thanks to its newly acquired all-weather snowmaking technology that is able to make snow when temperatures are as high as 76 degrees Fahrenheit.
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With Ski Ward opening, Arapahoe Basin Ski Area was officially beaten out of the honor of being the first ski area to open in North America. A-Basin routinely competes for the first-to-open bragging rights, along with Keystone Resort and Loveland Ski Area, but since Colorado was beat this year, A-Basin COO Alan Henceroff congratulated the East Coast resort when he heard the news.
“With $5 tickets, a couple groomer widths of snow and a carpet, skiers and riders are sliding in New England,” Henceroth wrote on Tuesday, Oct. 24. “Kudos to Ski Ward for offering up some good, slippery fun.”
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