It certainly has been a roller coaster of weather patterns across the Maritimes this year.
-20 degrees one day, plus 9 the next. It makes it hard to acclimatize to the winter conditions and it's been especially hard for ski hill operators who are desperately trying to maintain the base they do have.
“When you go from spring skiing in January to January weather in January it takes more time, a lot more time for grooming,” says Bill Anderson at Poley Mountain Resort.
Bill has spent hours day and night in the groomer trying to carve out a good snow carpet on the hill. Most of which didn't come from the sky at all.
“Right now most of our snow is man made,” he says.
Which is great for making a good base on the hill, but it doesn't last long when the temperature rises close to the double digits. Bill says he's already had to scoop into his reserves this year.
“Cause we haven't had any natural snow we've had to dip into our man made snow that we usually stock pile for March.”
He's grateful they have the ability to make snow because not all Maritime ski hills have that luxury. Some hills have struggled to open without snow guns running full tilt.
Bill says ski conditions are actually quite good considering the winter has been so bad in terms of snowfall accumulations.
Even though there is a good base on the hill, more natural snowfall would make for prime skiing conditions.