Snowy forecast has skiing enthusiasts jumping for joy

By Nigel Maxwell
November 27, 2018 - 5:00pm Updated: November 28, 2018 - 9:20am

Environment Canada's forecast for five to 10 centimeters of snow over the next 24 hours may have a few people grumbling, but not anyone who enjoys skiing.

Mike Horn, President of the Prince Albert Ski Club, told paNOW, he has nothing bad to say about the forecast.

"That snow is very much welcomed and for those of us who enjoy the outdoors, it is white gold," he said.

Horn said preparations have started to lay down the foundation for the upcoming cross country ski season at Little Red River Park. While some classic trails have already been packed into place, there are still some sparse sections.

"This little bit of snow that is forecasted will definitely go a long way to ensure we get the trails open 100 per cent because right now people are skate skiing on the trails right now," he said.

The snowy forecast covers a large area of central and northeast Saskatchewan, including the Nipawin area. Wapiti Ski Resort General Manager, Kyle McEwen, said the snowfall is well timed, given that they are scheduled to open on Saturday.

"We're actually finishing up making snow on the north side of our hill and that [new snow] will definitely be a nice addition," he said.

McEwen said the plan is to have the north side of the hill open on Saturday. The projected opening for the south side of the ski hill is over the next couple of weeks, depending how much snow they can produce and how much help they get from mother-nature.

"We like to have a foot and a half base everywhere of our stuff we make, but natural is definitely nice to blend in," he said.

 

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