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Ski Hills Opening as Manitoba Blanketed with New Snow

Ski Hills Opening as Manitoba Blanketed with New Snow

Stony Mountain Ski Area will open on Saturday. (HANDOUT)
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort and Stony Mountain Ski Area will open on Saturday. (HANDOUT)

It’s something winter ski enthusiasts have been waiting for and the big day is almost here.

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort in western Manitoba and Stony Mountain Ski Area north of Winnipeg both plan to open for the season on Saturday.

A Colorado low weather system that dumped upwards of 25 cm on parts of the province between Wednesday and Thursday, paired with cooler temperatures, has created ideal skiing conditions.

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Manitoba Teen Dies After Skiing Accident

A Manitoba teen has died after a skiing accident at Holiday Mountain last week.

The 13-year-old girl from Prairie Spirit School Division was on a field trip at La Riviere when she was badly hurt after losing control on an advanced run and crashed into an orange plastic fence that separates the run from an adjacent T-bar line.

The girl’s family made the decision to take her off life support on Tuesday.

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Outdoor Winter Activities Keeping Winnipeggers Active

Toboggan Hill
A duo flies down the toboggan hill at Assiniboine Park. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

There are plenty of outdoor activities to keep you busy over the holidays, the City of Winnipeg reminded citizens on Monday.

Toboggan hills are open daily from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., with winter slides operating from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Regional skating rinks — 43 of them in total — are open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Construction on the Peguis Pavilion skating rink in Kildonan Park, and the Duck Pond skating rink in St. Vital Park is still underway.

Cross-country skiing trailers are located in Kidonan Park, Harbour View, St. Vital Park, La Barriere Park and Living Prairie Museum.

For more of the city’s winter activities, visit Winnipeg.ca.

— Staff

Ski Swap Shop to Outfit Winter Enthusiasts

Cross Country Skiers
A pair of cross-country skiers enjoy the trails at the Wildewood Club golf course. (CHRISD.CA FILE)

With the first dumping of snow already on the ground, skiers are getting ready for a full season ahead.

The Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba is holding their 31st annual Swap Shop on Saturday, November 23.

The seasonal event is a community sale of new and used cross country ski equipment, where knowledgeable volunteers and local retailers also assist people with their purchases and to pass on valuable information about the programs offered by CCSAM and the cross country ski clubs of Manitoba.

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Riding Mountain to Host Cross-Country Ski Challenge

Riding Mountain to Host Cross-Country Ski Challenge

Cross-Country SkiingWinter programming may have been cut this year at Canada’s national parks, but that won’t stop the seventh annual Riding Mountain Loppet from going ahead.

On Saturday, March 2, skiers will compete in a cross-country ski race ranging from the 1 km chipmunk challenge to the 15 km cougar circuit.

Loppet is Norwegian term for a long-distance cross-country ski race for anyone who loves the joy of gliding across the snow, whether for fun or competition.

The following day on March 3, Riding Mountain National Park will host Family Fun Day to celebrate the end of winter. Activities include scavenger hunts, snow sculpting and snow painting.

For more information, call the Friends of RMNP at (204) 848-4037.

— Staff

Asessippi Welcomes One Millionth Guest to Slopes

Asessippi Welcomes One Millionth Guest to Slopes

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort (HANDOUT)
Asessippi Ski Area & Resort (HANDOUT)

Asessippi Ski Area and Resort welcomed its one millionth guest on New Year’s Eve.

The western Manitoba ski hill near Inglis says more than 1,150 guests rang in 2013 on the slopes on December 31 — a 10% increase from last season.

“Guests are really enjoying the upgrades we made this fall,” said Roz Pulo, the resort’s marketing director. “With more lifts, we now have people spread out in different areas, which means less congestion and shorter lift lines.”

Asessippi installed a new 650-foot magic carpet in the beginner area, named the Ollie Express. They also expanded the tubing park and installed a handle tow in the Robin’s Run Terrain Park. Upgrades to the Squirrel Chair were completed and opened just a few days after the resort did.

Winnipeg Man Dies After Accident at B.C. Ski Resort

By David Klassen

Big White Ski Resort
Big White Ski Resort (BIGWHITE.COM)

A Winnipeg man has died after he was found partially submerged in water at a British Columbia ski resort.

The B.C. Coroners Service said in a news release on Wednesday that Nickolas Voyer-Taylor, 22, was snowboarding on Tuesday at Big White Ski Resort when the incident happened.

Voyer-Taylor was a seasonal employee and resident of the resort. He was found by other skiers in a snow well.

The ski patrol rushed the man to Kelowna General Hospital where he died after resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

According to his Facebook page, Voyer-Taylor previously worked as a line cook at Rudy’s Eat and Drink on Graham Avenue. He attended J.H. Bruns Collegiate in Winnipeg where he graduated in 2008.

Asessippi Ski Area Opens for the Season

Asessippi Ski Area Opens for the Season

Asessippi Ski Area & Resort (HANDOUT)

Asessippi Ski Area and Resort is now open for the season, albeit in gradual stages.

The ski hill just west of Inglis, Manitoba had a few runs open last Thursday, but by Sunday there were 12 runs groomed and open. More runs are scheduled to open this week as more snow continues to fall.

Asessippi is kicking off its season with the Get Amped traditional freestyle competition. Thirty-two competitors will enjoy mild temperatures on the hill, as they show off their skiing and snowboarding maneuvers.

The resort is open daily over the holidays, except on Christmas Day. Snow conditions and operating hours can be found by visiting Asessippi.com.

Ski Trails Ready to Be Enjoyed at Assiniboine Park

Ski Trails Ready to Be Enjoyed at Assiniboine Park

Ski trails are groomed at Assiniboine Park earlier this week. (TWITTER)

Winter enthusiasts will appreciate that the ski trails at Assiniboine Park have been freshly groomed.

Staff were out on Thursday prepping the trails after a layer of snow, and then again on Friday touching up some other areas.

The trails take skiers past the Lyric Theatre and gardens, beyond the Duck Pond shelter and back to The Park Café. Other inner trails weave in and out of the park to make for a longer trip along Roblin and Corydon Boulevards (download trail map).

“During the winter, the trails are typically groomed twice a week as weather permits. We do not groom the trails if it is snowing and will commence grooming when the snowfall stops,” according to the Assiniboine Park website.

Trails are open daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The park’s toboggan hill is also operational, which is located on the north side of the Nature Playground. However, skaters will have to wait a little longer before the Duck Pond is hard enough to glide on. Last year, staff opened the pond on December 30.

Stony Mountain Ski Area Opening on Saturday

Stony Mountain Ski Area Opening on Saturday

Stony Mountain Ski Area will open on Saturday. (HANDOUT)

Stony Mountain Ski Area will open its hill for the season on Saturday, December 1.

Temperatures have been favourable and there’s a base of 40 centimetres of snow for winter enthusiasts to enjoy.

With more snow in the forecast for later this week, the conditions are looking ideal for those hitting the slopes.

The ski hill, located 11 kilometres north of the Perimeter Highway on Highway 7, will operate from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

At least two runs will definitely open and staff say as many of four could be a go for this weekend.

Up-to-date run conditions are available at SkiStony.com.