Lots of snow for Ski Season!

courtesy Blue Mountain Resort

By: Rayssa Cavalcanti

Good news for ski resorts, skiers and snowboarders! At least in Western Canada.  It’s expected to be a snowy winter, thanks to La Niña. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says there is a 76% chance of La Niña this Winter, and it will be the third year in a row. This rare phenomenon is called “Triple Dip La Niña”.

According to The Weather Network, a polar vortex is expected to hit northern Canada bringing arctic air, and should spread fast in December across the country. Although the snow is going to increase in the West, especially in the Rocky Mountains,  it is hard to predict how it is going to be for the East.

Photo courtesy Mount St. Louis Moonstone

Most ski resorts are waiting to open in Ontario to begin the ski season.   Mount St. Louis Moonstone is already open and it is a popular destination just north of Barrie. Right now it has 3 lifts and 13 trails open for those who want to start skiing.

Horseshoe Resort is planning to open tomorrow. It has a 308 foot vertical, six lifts, 32 trails, and 61 skiable acres. It also has 30 kilometres of Nordic ski trails for classic and skate skiing.

Blue Mountain Resort has the largest area in Ontario for skiing. It is hoping to be open for the season on Dec. 8, if the weather helps. It has 365 skiable acres, a 720-foot vertical, and 43 runs, 30 of which are lit for night skiing.

Ontario has 57 ski resorts, so choose one and have fun! But before putting on your skis, check the snow conditions, quality of the snow, today’s weather, temperature, wind, visibility, and state of the ski area… all the information you are looking for to have a great day of skiing.

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