Snowmaking en Ski Areas Across the Region Opening Early <p>Several of the larger ski areas in Vermont and northern New York have opened, ahead of the&nbsp; scheduled, and traditional, Thanksgiving Day weekend.<br> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 17:20:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 52404 at New England Resorts Ramp up Snowmaking Abilities <p>Ski areas across New England have made big investments in low-energy, high-efficiency snowmaking to ensure the slopes are snow-covered earlier and longer than last season.<br><br>At this time last year, Stowe Mountain Resort had six trails open. This year the resort opened Saturday — a week earlier than in 2011 — with nearly double the number of trails, thanks to $4.7 million in snowmaking improvements.<br><br>This summer, Stowe added 325 energy-efficient snow tower guns, replaced 150 land snow guns and put in 16 fan guns.<br> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 22:50:00 +0000 Pat Bradley 52349 at