Sign In:

×

Last Step!

Please enter your public display name and a secure password.

Plan to post in the forums? Change your default forum handle here!

×
×

Ontario has No Snow, but Blue Mountain is #Winning

Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood, Ontario runs the largest snow-making operation in Canada. In late October, Blue Mountain began making snow for the upcoming season- but Mother Nature had other plans. Blue Mountain Resort photo.

By this time, we've pretty much established that the El Niño weather pattern can do beautiful things for the West, and sort of... well, kills dreams in the East. Right now, it looks like Mother Nature has given nothing but lemons to places like Blue Mountain in Ontario, which is looking to re-open some of its summer activities while they wait for cooler temps. A part of the country that already gets very little natural snow is getting hammered harder - it's too warm to even bother with firing up the snow guns.

It's been hovering around 40°F (or 4.5°C for our Canadian friends) in recent days, which is chilly, but not enough to keep snow on the ground. Temperatures are a little lower near the top of the ski hill, which is around 700 feet higher than the base village, so resort snowmakers have focused their efforts up high. For now though, the base is still green enough to justify the re-opening of the mini-golf and ropes courses. There's still reason to hope though.

"All it takes is one storm system to roll in, drop some rain, then drop some temperatures, then we see some snowfall and snow on the ground," said CBC Meteorologist Jay Scotland. He added that a winter this warm hasn't been seen since the late 90s.

RELATED: Why You Should Shut Up & Stop Worrying About El Niño

Even with the lemons Momma Nature gave them, Blue Mountain has managed to make lemonade and is still #winning in our minds. Why?

We don't know who handles Blue Mountain's social feeds, but they're absolutely killing it. Their meme game is super strong. Blue Mountain Resort photo.

Because if nothing else, a little holiday cheer can be gained from Blue Mountain's Instagram feed - a sense of humor might just be what gets them through this rough time.

Until things cool down and the snow starts falling, our fingers are crossed for our snow-loving friends in the East.

Play
READ THE STORY
Loveland Snowboarder Triggers Massive Avalanche
Up Next News

Loveland Snowboarder Triggers Massive Avalanche

Loveland Snowboarder Triggers Massive Avalanche

Even the most experienced riders aren't immune to unstable snowpack. Maurice Kervin learned this firsthand last Friday while snowboarding on Loveland Pass, his 65th day of riding this season.  Kervin and his ski partners had been keeping a close eye on the avalanche forecast all week. Although the danger had actually dropped, Kervin recalls feeling unsure of the conditions. Intending to ski a line called 'No Name,' the pair set out, and tested snow stability along the way, not finding any red

Play
READ THE STORY
Watch: Skier Triggers Huge Slide in Montana
Up Next News

Watch: Skier Triggers Huge Slide in Montana

Watch: Skier Triggers Huge Slide in Montana

As skiers we're always talking about the snowpack and how stable or unstable it is, but what does that really mean? This slide in Hyalite, Montana is a pretty good example of 'unstable snowpack.' Triggered by a skier who  made it all the way down before the face actually broke (one lucky fellow), the slide was a pretty classic slab avalanche.  Our friends at the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche center broke down what happened with slide. Essentially, it was a slab of wind packed snow

Play
READ THE STORY
There’s a Difference Between a Ski Town, and a Town of Skiers. Welcome to Whitefish.
Up Next Ski

There’s a Difference Between a Ski Town, and a Town of Skiers. Welcome to Whitefish.

There’s a Difference Between a Ski Town, and a Town of Skiers. Welcome to Whitefish.

This quaint Montana town has the western charm of an outdoor playground but the amenities of a city. Grant Gunderson photo. Whitefish, Montana locals will proudly tell you that “Whitefish is not a ski town, it’s a town of skiers.” From a quick glance, that phrase feels a bit misleading. It appears that Whitefish has all the classic ingredients of a quintessential ski town. There’s a ski resort eight miles from downtown, a world-class National Park in its backyard, and plenty of open space