CANANDAIGUA, New York (November 14, 2019) – For the second time in 3 years Bristol Mountain plans to be the first ski area in New York State to open for the season thanks to the hard work of their snowmaking team, their staff, and the cold temperatures. 

“We pride ourselves on having one of the most comprehensive snowmaking systems in the state” declared Mountain Operations Manager Paul Trippi. “Our snowmaking system covers 100% of our terrain and consists of more than 200 snow guns, which enables us to produce large quantities of snow in short periods of time and makes it possible for us to open early and to have long seasons with more consistent snow conditions”.

This year the team of snowmakers from Bristol Mountain has been selected as a finalist for the 2020 “I AM a Snowmaker Award,” an industry award that highlights the hard work, determination and camaraderie of snowmakers, and recognizes how critical they are to the success of their resorts and the ski industry. “When we are able to open early in the season it really showcases what an incredible team of snowmaking professionals we have at the mountain. It is because of their hard work that we can enjoy these early season turns”, remarked General Manager Daniel Fuller. Other resorts selected as finalists for the award include Aspen Snowmass, Eaglecrest, Gunstock, Hunter Mountain, Killington, and Pats Peak.

The Comet Express Quad Lift will operate from 12pm until 4pm today. The Upper Rocket and Lower Rocket trails will be open for advanced skiers and riders only. Terrain will not be available for beginner and intermediate skiers and riders. Bristol Mountain will be open this weekend Friday (November 15th), Saturday (November 16th), and Sunday (November 17th) from 9am – 4pm.

Bristol Mountain has had previous early November openings including November 9, 1991 and November 11, 2017. The resort is excited to begin the 2019-20 season on such an early note and looks forward to an excellent winter of skiing and riding.