Blue Mountain and Mt St Louis Moonstone To Open Thursday – a Day Early! With a “major multi-day snow squall event” dumping 50-100 cm of fresh and more still to come, southern Ontario resorts are set to kick off their season with a record amount of opening day snow! And that’s on top of all the man made snow they have been pumping since last Friday.
Horseshoe Resort opens Wednesday, December 8; Blue Mountain opens Thursday, December 9 – a day earlier than originally announced; Mt St Louis Moonstone opens Thursday December 9 – a day earlier than originally announced; and Snow Valley opens Saturday, December 11.
Throwing around terms like “staggering amounts of snow”, “impressive snowfall accumulations”, “remarkable snowfall totals”, “persistent bursts of heavy snow”, and “long-lived snow event” the weather experts at Environment Canada and the Weather Network appear to be just as excited as Ontario’s skiers and snowboarders.
Some areas of southern Ontario received over 140 cm in the past two days. The London area was one of the heaviest hit with 80 -120 cm. The snow was the result of Ontario’s famous lake effect phenomenon caused when strong, cold northwest winds blow over the relatively warmer waters of Lake Huron and Georgian Bay creating intense snow squalls.
A stalled storm system over Quebec and the Maritimes and a ridge of artic high pressure in the prairies created the perfect ingredients for the multi-day lake effect snow in Ontario. It’s expected to persist through to the end of the day Wednesday.
“We’re expecting more than 80 cm of snowfall accumulation by Thursday”, said Blue Mountain’s Public Relations Specialist, Kelly O’Neil. Blue will open Thursday with three trails accessed from their Silver Bullet six person high-speed lift and then will open more terrain as quickly as conditions allow for the weekend. Lift tickets will be $39 plus taxes through to December 15. Blue plans to have a hike-access terrain park in operation by Thursday December 16, the same date targeted to open their night riding (4:30-10:00pm).
Above: Blue Mountain Resort getting pounded Monday December 6th. Photo: James Clark.
Horseshoe is set to open Wednesday with two chairlifts and four runs including five features in their terrain park: a 30 ft tube; a 20 ft press box; a 24 ft skate rail; a 25 ft table; and a 30 ft hip. Horseshoe Resort Attractions Manager, Matt Baird says more rails and runs are slated to be added for the weekend. “Our snowmaking base is 40 cm and we received 45 + cm of natural snow”, said Baird. “Horseshoe has been pumping 2 million gallons of water per day for the last four days.” Lift tickets will be $30 plus taxes through to December 17.
Mt St Louis Moonstone will open Thursday with at least two lifts, including a six person high speed and the majority of their Junk Yard Terrain in operation. Terrain Park Manager Craig Burley said there will be several press boxes and hand rails set up, plus a 10-15 ft jump, a 35 ft jump, and a quarterpipe. Burley is hoping to have their superpipe built by Christmas. Please note that helmets are mandatory in all of Louis’ parks this season.
Mt t Louis Moonstone’s head honcho Robert Huter said the resort was expecting another 15-20 cm of new snow by opening day, on top of the 30 cm plus they have received already. They have also been making snow non-top since last Friday. With all of the snow, Burley reckons this Thursday will be their best opening day ever. Louis is hosting a Burton Demo on Sunday December 12.
Above: Mt St Louis Moonstone has a ton snow to work with for their upcoming Thursday opening! Photo; Jim Morris.
Check the Blue Mountain snow report at: http://www.bluemountain.ca/conditions_snow_report.htm
Check the Mt St Louis Moonstone snow conditions at: http://www.mslm.on.ca/
Check the Horseshoe snow conditions at: http://www.horseshoeresort.com/
Check the Snow Valley snow report at: http://www.skisnowvalley.com/reports/barrie-snow-conditions.aspx
Check the Lakeridge Resort snow conditions at: http://ski-lakeridge.com/skiing-and-snowboarding/snow-conditions/