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Time to hit the slopes

Many resorts in Ontario are set to open in the first or second weekend in December.
Many resorts in Ontario are set to open in the first or second weekend in December.

Jill Colton, staff writer

November 27, 2010 — The winter has arrived earlier than usual for many parts of the country this year. Although the swaths of snow may not be everyone's cup of tea, the same can't be said for avid skiers and snowboarders.

Almost time to hit the hills.
Almost time to hit the hills.

Various resorts across British Columbia have turned the lifts on and people are hitting the slopes. In fact, Whistler Blackcomb opened six days ahead of schedule this year. The public has also been carving up the runs at Cypress Mountain and Sun Peaks.

New snow and low freezing levels, along with grooming, and snowmaking are some of the reasons why the resorts in B.C. have opened already.

However, the recent dumping of snow hasn't been all fun and games. According to the Canadian Avalanche Centre, the South Coast, including the Whistler area backcountry has high avalanche ratings. Avalanche warnings are also high on the treeline.

Meanwhile, Ontario recently got its fair share of snow. Some places along the snow belts have recorded up to 25 cm of fresh flakes.

The recent wave of new powder has ski lovers chomping at the bit to hit the slopes. But the question remains, when do the ski resorts open?

  • Blue Mountain's opening weekend is December 6.
  • Horseshoe Valley Resort will open the same weekend.
  • Mount St. Louis Moonstone opens for business on November 30.

With files from Lacy Atalick

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