Jay Peak to open a week early thanks to abundant early season snowfall

Comments by Donny O'Neill/

The East Coast’s resident powder king, Jay Peak Resort, has been getting hammered with early season snow. In turn, the resort has chosen to start up its chairlifts a week early and open for the season on November 23. For evidence of exactly how much snow is being delivered by the fabled “Jay Cloud” check out the video above.

From Jay Peak Resort:

Before you read this, take a moment, because the following news will cause a spontaneous celebratory jump for joy: Opening day will be one week prior to the current date, November 29th. That’s right; mark off the weekend of the 23rd on your calendar because we’ll be playing in the snow.

Temps have been in our favor for the last week or so, allowing our snowmakers to blow piles of man-made on the Jet and the Haynes. We also have to give credit to Mother Nature, The Jay Cloud, and Ullr himself for answering our cries for snow and dumping over 8” of natural on us in the past 72 hours. This weekend is looking a little warm, but the good news is that temps are looking to drop off again starting Monday, meaning the guns will turn back on.

Here’s how the weekend of the 23rd will go down: the Jet Triple, Taxi Quad and Stateside Carpet will all likely run, providing access to the Jet, Haynes, Chalet Meadows, and supporting beginner and intermediate terrain. Lift tickets will be sold out of the Mountain Kids Adventure Center (the big red building) as well as limited food and beverages; ticket prices will be announced next week. Also, if that wasn’t enough, our Terrain Parks Department just announced they will be setting scattered freestyle terrain for the first weekend, letting you dial in tricks a week early.

Stay tuned here or on our Snow Phone at 802-988-9601 for the latest conditions updates and info regarding opening day.

Thanks and enjoy the rest of your day.