The hills are ready and Antoine Mountain, a few minutes from Mattawa, is eager to welcome skiers for a new season on the slopes beginning December 26.
The hills “are beautiful,” enthused Sarina Goad, the resort’s head of marketing, and “we’re getting lots of feedback from people excited to come out.”
Last year’s season did not allow for much optimism. Covid closed the hill for much of the year, and when they could open, rain and area power outages thwarted those plans.
“We were only open for five business days last year,” Goad said. “We thought we were going to get one more weekend, and then it rained.”
Despite nature raining on the skiers’ parade, the resort staff remained upbeat, and those days they did open “were the coolest, the best, and busiest five days we could have asked for.”
Already things are looking up for the hill’s season. The government’s green light for outdoor recreation facilities to carry on remains lit, so “we are in the clear,” Goad said.
Regulations to prevent Covid still remain, making Goad “grateful we have a large chalet” as indoor capacity remains at 50 per cent.
To enter the chalet, skiers must provide proof of full vaccination, although no proof is required for those staying on the slopes.
Masks must be worn in both the lift and ticket lines, as well, Goad emphasized.
“We’re going the extra mile” to ensure safety, Goad explained. “I’m ready, I feel confident, and the team feels confident.”
“It’s going to be the best season; I just know it.”
David Briggs, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca