Bristol Mountain continues to grow as it celebrates the opening of its 55th season and 'first chair' honors.
SOUTH BRISTOL — Bristol Mountain Friday celebrated 55 years of providing skiers and winter sports enthusiasts a local winter wonderland.
The mountain celebrates each season with "first chair" honors and this year they went to Scott Battle, Alex Willard, Andy Chappel and Doug Kennard, who caught the first ride of the season to the top of the mountain.
"We've got Upper and Lower Rocket open, which is what we typically start the season with," said Drew Broderick, director of sales and marketing at Bristol Mountain. "We've had lots of smiling faces today."
Bristol Mountain has grown over the five decades of operation to a year-round facility with features like a pro-size jump, which now allows it to host World Cup Aerial competitions and big air snowboard free-ride events and zip line.
"We opened in 1964 and we had snow-making capabilities then," said Broderick. "We've always been innovative and continue to do so."
Broderick added that the new jumps and courses make the venue a great spectator opportunity where people can watch world-class athletes train and compete.
The investment into aerial acrobatics is paying off: Six Bristol Mountain athletes were named to the 2018-19 freestyle ski team.
But it's not just elite skiing that Bristol Mountain focuses on; it offers beginner packages through its learn-to-ski programs for all ages as partnerships with local school districts.