Ski resorts expect long season as cold temperatures remain

Blue Mountain and Snow Valley say they'll be open for spring skiing

The slopes at Snow Valley
Snow Valley

It's the winter that refuses to quit.

While most people may be sick of shovelling their sidewalks or shuffling down the street, ski resorts around the city have been loving the white stuff.

"We've definitely seen the best snow conditions in at least the last five years," says Blue Mountain spokesperson Ashley Boland.

A couple of days into spring, they've got a base of over 130 cm.

"We've been helped out greatly by the natural accumulation," she says. "We were moving into limited snow-making operations into early January."

That's pretty unheard of.

It's the same story at Snow Valley in Barrie. "Mother Nature kind of did the job for us in a big way," says assistant general manager Peter Hanney.

The early snowfall allowed them to open up early this season - around the end of November. Typically they open within the first 12 days of December.

"Not only did we open early but we opened with almost full facilities, which is unheard of."

But both resorts say ridership did take a bit of a hit on those freezing cold days. "Too cold is too cold," says Hanney. "It's almost as bad a rain our world."

With the below seasonal temperatures expected to continue for the next few weeks, both resorts say they'll stay open as long as they can.

"We'll be open until March 30 and then we'll play it by ear," says Hanney, adding they could open up slopes on weekends in April.

Blue Mountain has no end date in sight, opting to go for as long as the weather will allow.

"If we can ski well into April, we will," says Boland.

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  1. Angry Bill posted on 03/24/2014 10:43 AM
    These guys have had crappy seasons for years, about time they can make a bit of money. Not that I ski anymore. Too expensive.
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