Thanks to a recent blast of cold, wintery weather, Vermont’s Mount Snow and New Hampshire’s Wildcat Mountain will open early for skiing and snowboarding this weekend.

For Mount Snow, Saturday’s opening is the earliest in the resort’s 64-year history. The resort was recently named Best Snow in the East by Ski Magazine, and the recent cold temperatures allowed them to crank up their upgraded snowmaking system.

The resort’s lifts will run from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. No beginner terrain will be available. Additional terrain may be added as temperatures allow for further snowmaking operations. Mount Snow will be open for weekends only until conditions allow them to be open seven days a week.

In New Hampshire, Wildcat Mountain received more than a foot of fresh snow this week, allowing the resort to have the earliest opening in its 61-year history – one day earlier than its 2005 opening.

The Wildcat Express will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and provide access to 2,100 vertical feet of skiing and riding on Lynx. Wildcat’s pub, café, retail, and guest services will all be open and available. There will not be any ski school lessons, rentals, or demos. Additionally, all terrain is marked at “experts only.”

Mount Snow and Wildcat join Killington and Sunday River as Northeast resorts that are open for skiing and riding.