Three area ski cen­ters open­ing Fri­day

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - By Jay Bra­man Jr. news@free­manon­line.com

What a dif­fer­ence a week makes.

When ski cen­ter op­er­a­tors in the re­gion looked at ther­mome­ter read­ings in the mid-60s last week, it seemed any hope of a Thanks­giv­ing week­end open­ing had as much of a chance as a snow­ball in you know where.

But sud­denly, Mother Na­ture pulled an about­face and dumped piles of snow across the moun­tains.

As a re­sult, three of the four ski cen­ters in the re­gion say they’ll be open for busi­ness be­fore the end of this week.

The Bel­leayre Moun­tain Ski Cen­ter, in the Ul­ster County town of Shandaken, will open Fri­day morn­ing, ac­cord­ing to Gen­eral Man­ager Tom Tar.

“We will be open­ing Novem­ber 25, 2016, at 10 a.m.,” Bel­leayre posted on its Face­book page. “... Begin­ner, in­ter­me­di­ate and ex­pert ter­rain will be avail­able.”

Hunter Moun­tain, in Greene County, also will open Fri­day.

“We plan to open for the 2016-17 sea­son this Fri­day!” an an­nounce­ment on Hunter’s web­site said Tues­day. “In the past 48 hours, the moun­tain has ac­cu­mu­lated 12+ inches of nat­u­ral snow, and on top of that, our snow­mak­ing team has been mak­ing snow non­stop since early Sun­day morn­ing . ... The plan is to con­tinue mak­ing snow through tomorrow as tem­per­a­tures per­mit.”

Wind­ham Moun­tain, also in Greene County, like­wise will open Fri­day.

“We couldn’t ask for a bet­ter start!” Wind­ham said on its web­site. “More than 10 inches of has fallen since Satur­day.”

Wind­ham said its snow guns are hard at work, too.

Ski Plat­tekill, in the Delaware County town of Roxbury, got a foot of new snow in re­cent days but has not yet be­gun mak­ing snow. Plat­tekill said on its web­site that it plans to start mak­ing snow “right af­ter Thanks­giv­ing” and open for ski­ing on Dec. 10.

DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

A snow­boarder takes flight at the Bel­leayre Moun­tain Ski Cen­ter in the Ul­ster County town of Shandaken.

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