Warm weather torches Antoine Mountain’s hope for ‘last hurrah’ this weekend

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Antoine Mountain’s sixth season will be one to remember for all the wrong reasons with unseasonably warm weather spiking efforts to offer just the third weekend of skiing.

“Unfortunately, with the weather conditions the way they are we won’t be able to provide the quality ski experience that Antoine Mountain is becoming known,” Todd Yule, president and CFO, said in a statement issued Thursday.

Grooming, necessary especially after recent rain, isn't done unless the temperature falls bellow -3 C and that's not expected until possibly late Saturday.

Only five days of skiing were open due to provincial restrictions that first wiped out a pre-Christmas opening then delayed it for a couple weeks in January before putting a freeze on operations across Ontario.

Some hills were allowed to operate in February but the Nipissing Parry Sound District Health Unit extended the ban for this area, fearing it would attract tourists.

“It was a short season, five days. But there was so much heart in it, from management, our staff and the joy it brought to so many skiers,” said Sarina Goad, head of social media marketing.

All but one season pass subscriber who wanted a refund accepted 100 per cent credit for next season, she said.

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