By Gordon Lambie
With next to no snow left on the ground in many parts of the Eastern Townships following a wave of unseasonably warm weather that came alongside the new year, things have not looked particularly wintery in the region so far in 2023. Asked about how the thaw has affected their operations, representatives of the regions’ ski centres told The Record that they are making the best of what they have available.
“I would not say we’re having a rough start to the season, but definitely a rough few days,” said Nadya Baron, Marketing Director at Mont Sutton, who was quick to point out that although people might not be seeing the snow in their own back yards, the conditions improve as one moves to higher elevations.
Baron said that her mountain did experience some good snowfall in the weeks after its Dec. 10 opening date and was on a par with last year’s attendance numbers until the Dec 22 storm knocked out power to the site for three days. The after-effect of that storm ended up being positive of the hill though, as the precipitation fell largely as snow.
“We were able to open up a few more than 40 runs between Christmas and New Years’” she said, pointing out that it was really only this week that things began to slow down.
The report was similar from both Owl’s Head and Bromont, both of which were reporting “spring-like conditions” on the slopes.
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