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Ski season begins in Southern Ontario

Carving up the slopes
Carving up the slopes

Hilary Hagerman, staff writer

December 17, 2011 — With help from chillier temperatures and snow-making machines, ski resorts across southern Ontario are beginning to open for the season.

Ski resorts across southern Ontario are beginning to open
Ski resorts across southern Ontario are beginning to open

It's time to wax up your skiis and dig out your snowsuit -- ski season has officially begun in Southern Ontario.

Mount St. Louis-Moonstone opened Dec. 16 with five runs, one terrain park and three lifts.

General Manager Robert Huter said despite mild daytime temperatures, the resort managed to achieve a good mix of natural and manmade snow.

“Underneath is a firm (snow) base that should make for very enjoyable skiing,” he said.

The weather through the late fall has made preparing the slopes a challenge for ski resort operators. The ideal conditions for making snow are a temperature of -3°C or below and little humidity, but even that has been a tall order lately.

Horseshoe Valley Resort north of Barrie, Ont. opened on Dec. 12 ahead of many other ski areas but only due to good snow-making conditions.

“This is all man-made snow and it’s pretty deep,” said Martin Kimble, Vice President of Operations at Horseshoe.

He added when it comes to getting the season started, it's better late than never.

“For us it’s almost two weeks late for what we normally would be,“ he said. “But it’s nice to get the season rolling.”

How are ski enthusiasts finding the conditions?

“Pretty good considering there hasn't been much snow,” said one snowboarder.

To find out what the conditions are for ski hills in your area, check out the Ski Report section of our website.

With files from Natalie Thomas, reporter

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