After and endless Spring and a seemingly endless Summer, ski areas in the East have been working overtime to make this an endless Winter, with new improvements, new expansions, new ticket prices and a few anniversary celebrations that promise to last all season long!
Cape Breton’s Ben Eoin turns 50 Jan. 16, 2018. Celebrations include a slew of special and throwback events, culminating with a weekend-long bash on Jan. 20 -21.
It’s business as usual at Crabbe Mountain, as slopeside chalets spring up like moguls in springtime, enriching and enlarging Fredericton’s favourite skiing community.
Expansion is the word at Poley Mountain where crews are busy expanding the ski cross course, terrain park and snowmaking operations.
Trust Marble Mountain to make skiing affordable again! All lift tickets and passes cost 15 to 20% less than last year. An all-day adult ticket is now just $45. Sweet!
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Ski Bromont is elevating its mountain experience with a new LED lighting system, slopestyle park, and a new control system that gives skiers more direct access to the lifts.
For the past two years, Mont Sutton has invested $1.5 million in snowmaking improvements. This year, they’ve installed 10 new electric car-charging stations, and two new on-mountain sculptures bringing the total to six.
It’s now official. Mont Tremblant is scheduled to open on November 23!
Outdoors, the big news at Mont Saint-Sauveur and Avila is 65 new, ultrahigh-performance snow guns. Indoors it’s a smart new ventilation system in the main pavilion.
Henceforth, the new restaurant-bar at Ski Morin Heights shall be known as the Kicking Horse, whilst the old croissant shop shall be called the Rockcliff Café.
Glade runners at Mont Gabriel have a new glade (la Foret Blanche), parents have a new lodge on the kiddie slope and sunbathers have a new terrace atop the O’Connell.
Ottawa-based skiers are in for a triple treat at Mont Edelweiss where they’ve improved the bunny slope, the magic carpet and the snowmaking.
The big news at Mont Cascades includes a bigger beginners’ slope and a brand new magic carpet.
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The Mountain Ops crews at Stoneham are busy installing a new lift they call ‘The Eclipse’. Gearheads can follow their progress on Facebook.
Visitors to Boler Mountain can expect an enhanced guest experience, year-round, courtesy of the area’s newly renovated and enlarged, state-of-the-art chalet.
Dagmar Ski Resort is celebrating Canada’s 150th Birthday with two cool new passes: the ‘EH $150’ and the ‘Crazy Canucks 3 X 5’. Visit their new website www.skidagmar.com for details.
After spending $2.8 million on upgrades and snowmaking these past two years, Mount Pakenham is throwing a party. It’s their 50th Anniversary. Details to follow on social media.
– By David Fonda