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Ski season off to an early start in New Hampshire

From the AP:

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. (AP) — Better luck next year, Maine and Vermont.

Something good came out of the beating New Hampshire took this month from rain, floods, Hurricane Wilma and a nor'easter — ski season opened much earlier this year.

Thanks to major snowfall this week, Wildcat Mountain's Tom Cat chair lift started on Friday morning, beating out Vermont and Maine ski areas in the unofficial race to open the region's ski season.


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Also previously from The Union Leader:

PINKHAM NOTCH - With red leaves still hanging on the trees, the first ski area in New England will open for the winter today at 10 a.m. when Wildcat takes advantage of up to 48 inches of snow since Sunday. Irene Donnell, spokesman for Wildcat Mountain, said the groomers are out and at least six trails are expected to open.

The Tom Cat lift will be open for advanced skiers and boarders. More trails will follow for the weekend, in what could be a record opening for Wildcat.

"We have not researched it yet, but this is very early for us," said Donnell yesterday.

Karl Stone, spokesman for Ski NH, said he too was unsure if a record would be set, but after checking around the region, he said he believed Wildcat would be the first to open in New England with this move.


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