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Slow start to the ski season in the Maritimes

Andrea Stockton, staff writer

December 10, 2010 — It's been a slow start to the ski season in the Maritimes, but those watching over the slopes aren't too worried just yet.

Snow is scarce on ski hills in the Maritimes
Snow is scarce on ski hills in the Maritimes

Ski hopefuls in the Maritimes have one thing on their Christmas list this year...snow. Mild temperatures so far this December have kept the snow machines sitting idle.

While the lack of snow is disappointing for those anxiously awaiting the slopes, ski operators don't seem too concerned.

“All we need are one or two cold nights and that will stiffen the water and stiffen the ground up,” says Bill Anderson at Poley Mountain Ski Hill in Waterford, New Brunswick. “This fall we've had a tremendous amount of water on the resort here everywhere and we would just like to get some of that dried up.”

That won't be happening in the near future however. A major system that's moving in from the U.S this weekend is bringing heavy snow to Ontario and Quebec and lots of rain to the Maritimes.

“It will definitely be a wet few days for the region,” says Gerald Cheng, a meteorologist here at The Weather Network. “And temperatures will remain mild as well. Areas in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick could see day time highs in the low double digits on Monday.”

Although the forecast isn't looking too promising for snow making, Anderson is heading into the season with a sense of optimism. “One good thing this year is that the Christmas break is after Christmas. So if we can get opened even a little bit before Christmas, we will be very happy.”

For a closer look at the current ski conditions in your area, head to our Ski Report section of the website.

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