People's early season enthusiasm will never fail to amaze me. To wake up hungover from the night before, drive 2 hours to get to the mountain, pay $50 for a lift ticket, which allows you to ride a few trails of man made snow, for just a couple runs, and wait in a 30 minute lift line every time might seem absurd to your average Joe. But it seems like people will go through hell and back just to get their first turns of the season in, especially on the east coast.
Killington Resort's opening day was Novemeber 2nd, so last weekend a few friends and I drove from Burlington, VT to Killington not knowing what to expect. From the bottom of the mountain things looked questionable, but as you took the gondola up you could see the section of the mountain with 6 rideable trails. Sure you were waiting in line for the lift three times as long as you actually got to spend riding. But people didn't seem to mind, they had a live DJ, and a grill going with food for sale to make that wait not so bad. Plus it is the beginning of November, the conditions were surprisingly good, and you are already on your snowboard. Hard to complain.