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Vigorous snowmaking efforts allow Sunday River Ski Resort to be the first ski area in Maine to open and the second area to open in the East.
Killington Resort, VT reopened its slopes Saturday after a brief shutdown, while other New England ski areas start up their snowguns.
Both Wild Mountain, MN, and Ski Brule, MI, are claiming bragging rights as the first to open in Midwest. Open off-and-on since early November, both will open for the season this weekend.
Northeastern resorts have benefited from a string of cold days and nights while many resorts in the Pacific Northwest and Rockies have postponed openings due to above average temperatures.
Mono-skier, Joe Tomkins overcame snowy conditions to win this year's opening disabled World Cup downhill. Mannino, McMullen, Riddell also outbattled snow to reach the podium.
Erik Schlopy rebounded from a dismal first run to capture the $10,000 overall Chevy Truck Super Series title as Australia's Jonathon Brauer won the final slalom at Sunday River.
Forecasters call for a return of La Nina weather trends.
As ski areas in the East race to open first, Killington heads for the checkered flag for the 39th consecutive year.
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