Apex Mountain Resort announced they have pushed back their opening day to Saturday, Dec. 10.
According to their marketing and sales manager, Nikki Morris, the alpine base at present is looking promising with over 60 centimetres, while the village snow base is resting at 35 cm as of Tuesday.
“Due to these current conditions we have determined that the safest option for the public is for us to delay opening the mountain by one week,” said Morris in a press release. “Apex Mountain Resort’s original opening day was scheduled for this Saturday, Dec. 3.”
Morris said the overall forecast for the 2016/2017 ski season is very promising and exciting. The forecast for the season is colder and wetter than normal.
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James Shalman, general manager of Apex Mountain Resort, said they received good snowfall compaction and coverage at the top half of the mountain. However, warm temperatures in mid-November melted the bottom half, forcing them to start from scratch. Shalman looks forward to the season and Christmas break as they are anticipating fantastic conditions. Last year was phenomenal for the resort with weather and with an anticipated milder La Nina, he said the forecasts are to be better than last year. He’s also very happy with how season ticket sales went, which finished the first week of October.
“They were up huge this year,” said Shalman, adding they increased by 20 per cent.
Among their plans for opening weekend is to have fat bike rentals. Resort crews did work to create fat bike trails with an excavator. They also have snow shoe trails and will have 50 per cent discounts on snow shoe rentals as well as lift ticket discounts.
Apex Mountain Resort will also host high-level events starting with the Canadian Mogul Selections Dec. 15 to 18, the Canadian Series in mid-January, a NorAm Moguls competition (March), which is one step below the World Cup and a B.C. Series Freestyle event of big air and moguls. The resort also plans to have smaller events for the public, such as season pass appreciation days and fun things families can do.
Apex Mountain Resort is the only resort in the interior with snowmaking from the top of the mountain to the bottom.
“Combine the snow making with mother nature and we are going to have fantastic conditions for the Christmas break,” said Morris.