Ski resorts celebrate as early snowfalls attract visitors
Posted: Dec 30, 2012 1:07 PM MT
Last Updated: Dec 30, 2012 6:31 PM MT
An earlier than usual and heavy snowfall in the mountains is causing operators, hoteliers and resort owners to celebrate before the season even reaches the midway mark.
Sunshine on the slopes always draws a crowd — but skiers and boarders are enjoying much more than that.
"The U.S. as an example, started out with no snow at the favourite destinations there,” said Matt Mosteller, of the Resorts of the Canadian Rockies.
“Ontario had no snow. So our destination market bookings are up considerably and our regional Calgary-, Edmonton-, Alberta-based visitors are up considerably because the ski season started so early that they got excited about it and got out to the mountains.”
In fact, some hills, like Fernie, have received record snowfall for this time of the year.
Meanwhile, Nakiska opened up in late October — a record early start.
Many skiers say this is the best start to the season they've seen in a few years.Many have headed out to local ski hills this holiday season, including families like this at Nakiska. (Kyle Bakx/CBC)
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