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  • The cold yesterday did not deter anyone at Magic.  The place was packed for NYE weekened!  Never seen it so busy on on a  NYE weekend in the past 11 years! 

    Snow was great, temps LOW, but tolerabe.
  • edited January 3
    With no wind at Wildcat and moderating temps the cold wasn't much of a factor today. 12/30/2017 Saturday. Ok I did wear a polar fleece underneath but other than that we did not need to take any breaks to warm up
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  • The cold yesterday did not deter anyone at Magic.  The place was packed for NYE weekened!  Never seen it so busy on on a  NYE weekend in the past 11 years! 

    Snow was great, temps LOW, but tolerabe.

    Any spooky pictures?
  • Whaleback is delaying opening due to cold today and also not snowmaking on some nights due to the cold.
    - Sam
  • Calgary

    Deep freeze hurts ski hill operations
    across Canada after promising start

    U.S. skiers who bought vacation packages are skiing despite frigid

    Canadian Press Posted: Dec 29, 2017 1:09 PM MT Last Updated: Dec 29, 2017 2:15
    PM MT

    Bitter cold enveloping much of Canada has reduced the number of
    skiers on the slopes during the key Christmas holiday season, blunting industry
    optimism boosted by good early snow conditions and strong foreign visitor
    interest due to the weak Canadian dollar.

    As Environment Canada issued extreme cold alerts for parts of
    B.C., Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, the Mont Orford ski area east of Montreal
    announced it would close for the day on Thursday to ensure guest safety. The
    cold snap is expected to last all weekend.

    It was –23 C at Sunshine Village in Banff National Park at
    midday on Friday, and Kendra Scurfield, a spokesperson for the
    resort, said that was keeping some would-be skiers off the slopes.

    "It has been a bit slower," she said.

    "But luckily, we do have Canada's only heated

    Dan Markham with Lake Louise Ski Resort said there were fewer
    visitors than they'd typically see at this time of year but the slopes were far
    from deserted.

    "There's a lot of hardy souls out there," he said.

    Fewer skiers out east

    At Mont Tremblant to the north of Montreal, the slopes were
    active with vacation package buyers, many from the United States, according to
    Annique Aird, vice-president of sales and marketing.

    "It turned cold here the last few days which is making it
    more challenging but people are dressing well and still skiing. The upside is
    the really blue sky days," she said.

    She conceded the resort is seeing fewer day visitors because of
    the low temperatures.

    The picture was less optimistic at Mount St. Louis Moonstone,
    about 145 kilometres north of Toronto, which has no onsite accommodation and
    relies on day skiers to fill its slopes, with about 30 per cent of its annual
    visits during the Christmas season.

    "The 27th, 28th and 29th should be the busiest days of the
    Christmas holidays and our attendance so far has been about half of what we
    normally have," said general manager Robert Huter. He added the cold means
    skiers are missing out on "unbelievable snow conditions for this time of

    Cold all across the west 

    In most ski regions in the West, temperatures were also in
    the –20s C.

    Some hills were changing the way they offer services such as ski
    lessons, with more frequent breaks to warm up, because of the cold but
    Christopher Nicolson, CEO of the Canada West Ski Areas Association, said he
    hadn't heard of any closings.

    He said people who pre-booked their vacations for the holidays
    will come anyway, but the cold will discourage local skiers.

    "I think overall the industry is quite optimistic we're
    going to have a good year," he said, pointing out the low value of the
    Canadian dollar versus the U.S. greenback is diverting more international
    guests to Canada and keeping Canadians at home.

    The dollar is trading at around 80 cents US, up from about 74
    cents US a year ago. It was at par about five years ago.

    The exchange rate is giving Canada a big advantage over U.S.
    resorts, and an early shortage of snow in the western U.S. is exaggerating the
    trend, said Mike Colbourn, president of, an American site that
    tracks snow conditions at resorts throughout North America.

    "When you're planning your destination ski vacation, and
    you're looking east and you're looking west, it's a compelling argument to go
    to these world-class resorts (in Canada) if you're watching your dollars,"
    he said.

    U.S. resorts offering discounts

    He said many U.S. resorts are offering discounts to better
    compete with their Canadian rivals.

    Yves Juneau, CEO of the Quebec Ski Areas Association, said the
    number of U.S. visitors to Quebec ski resorts last year rose 32 per cent to
    242,000, the highest in at least three seasons, and the trend is continuing
    this year.

    He said the cold weather is hurting Quebec hills, with some
    reporting as much as 80 per cent fewer skiers than normal.

    Some ski resorts have also been closing early or cutting back on
    night skiing under an arrangement with Hydro Quebec to reduce electricity usage
    during times of high demand, a situation also linked to the extreme cold

    "It's really significant. For us, the Christmas season is a
    portion of the year we can't miss," said Juneau. "Fortunately, we had
    a strong season start so that gave us a bit of a cushion."

    The cold weather isn't affecting all of Canada's major ski

    At Whistler-Blackcomb, 120 kilometres north of Vancouver, the
    forecast Friday was for a high of minus 8 C, with 15 centimetres of new snow.

    "We're getting hammered with snow right now and have seen
    30 centimetres in two days," said spokesman Marc Riddell. "Around 96-
    to 97-per cent of our terrain is open."

    He said snow conditions allowed the resort to open a week early
    this year but wouldn't comment on attendance.

    files from CBC News

    © The Canadian Press, 2017

    The Canadian Press


  • Tough for NE Slopes- closed b/c of extreme cold, despite great snow:
  • Berkshire East was skiing onto the lifts when we where there from 1100 - 1:30. I had every run to myself with maybe 100 folks out there today. Definitely the least amount of people ive seen for the end of vacation week. It was cold with the temperature in the lower single digits all day.

    Ski Conditions Report: A detailed report describing the snow conditions on the mountain the day of your visit. Skiers should become familiar with the following snow surface descriptions: Ice: Packed Powder, Slush: Packed Powder, Frozen Granular: Packed Powder , Packed Powder - A thin covering of snow over bare earth.

  • newman and joshua, you must have gone to the same school I did, except it was armpits, Joshua. I mentioned to a friend that I had said in a post that we were tougher. I meant it as a little bit of a joke. My friend said that I wasn't tougher, just dumber.
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