NEWRY – With a string of cold nights and $1 million worth of new snowmaking equipment, Sunday River is offering Maine snowboard riders and skiers a Halloween treat today in the form of an open ski run.

The resort will be the first to offer chairlift-serviced skiing and riding in eastern North America for the 2007-2008 ski season, a news release issued Tuesday stated.

Skiers and boarders can cut $10 off the $25 price of a lift ticket by donating three cans of food as part of the resort’s Tin Mountain Round-up, which supports local food banks.

The resort expects to open between 10 a.m. and noon and will offer skiing until 3 p.m. Today’s opening marks its earliest opening in 11 years.

Terrain offered is for those with advanced skills only and riding a chairlift partway downhill to leave will be necessary, the release stated.

Costumes are encouraged, and a best costume contest will be held.

The Sunday River terrain parks crew will be installing two small elements for the Halloween ski day, the release stated. The resort is hoping to open for the season on Friday, Nov. 9.

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