Sunday River plans to open for the ski season Monday, the second-earliest opening in 20 years.

The ski resort in Newry announced the news Wednesday after watching the current weather forecast, which has temperatures in western Maine dipping into the 20s heading into the weekend, allowing for extended snow making over the weekend on the mountain’s Locke Mountain peak.

“We can’t make any promises, but this forecast looks very favorable,” said Dana Bullen, resort president and general manager, in a statement. “Our snowmakers are dedicated to opening as early as possible and this year is no different. But, we wanted to let our passholders and guests know so they can make their plans.”

The mountain expects to open on the upper T2 trail, accessible via the Locke Mountain Triple lift in Barker Basin. Lift tickets are expected to be $29 for all ages.

After Monday’s opening day, the mountain won’t open again until the following weekend. It will then only be open on the weekends until mid-November.

“Of course, everything is weather dependent,” said Sarah Devlin, Sunday River’s spokesperson.

Oct. 19 is the second earliest opening day the mountain has had in 20 years. The earliest the mountain has opened in the past 20 years was on Oct. 14 in 2009.

The mountain launched its ski season Nov. 3 in 2014, and Oct. 26 the year before that.

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