Antoine Mountain’s snow base good for several weeks of skiing

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Antoine Mountain is looking forward to opening Friday for its first weekend of operation following a frustrating winter of pandemic lockdown.

In preparation, the grooming team has been building a sold base they hope will last through to Easter, aided by the mountain’s north-facing advantage that keeps it colder longer. And the long-term forecast promises cold nights and spring-like days.

“We have a big double thumbs-up from the Health Unit,” said Sarina Goad, the resort’s head of social media and marketing. She was referring to the physical distancing and operational adaptations the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit requires to minimize potential COVID-19 spread.

There is a limit of 50 per cent capacity allowed inside at a time to buy passes and the upper and lower decks have tables and benches spread out for skiers to eat their packed lunches.

Face-coverings are required while standing in line and riding the lifts, with skiers sticking with their households and bubbles or keeping one-seat of space between those from separate bubbles.

The bar is closed but the cafeteria is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for take-out concession items such as cold and hot beverages, pop, chips, granola bars and nuts.

Concerns about rain Wednesday turning the mountain into a sheet of ice evaporated and staff are confident they’ll be good to go for Friday.

“I’m really excited,” Goad said about Friday's start and making the best of what remains of the season.

As the social media meme’s are stating, Antoine Mountain will be open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until the snow melts.

Dave Dale is a Local Journalism Reporter with BayToday.ca. LJI is funded by the Government of Canada.

Dave Dale, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, BayToday.ca