November 20, 2014 - 12:55 PM
THOMPSON-OKANAGAN - If you are the kind of person who dreams in white, longs for the feeling of cold wind whipping your face and lives for snow days — you are in luck. Opening day at area ski hills is nearly here.
Beginning this Saturday, ski resorts around the province will begin to open. Sun Peaks Resort, the second largest resort in Canada, will kick off the ski season Saturday with several runs and lifts open.
Those willing to travel a little further may be interested in heading to Whistler Mountain, where some runs are set to open five days early. Originally scheduled to open Thursday, Nov. 27 along with the Blackcomb Mountain and the Peak 2 Peak Gondola at Whistler resort, Whistler Mountain will now open Saturday, Nov. 22 as well.
Next Thursday, Nov. 27, Big White and Silver Star are both scheduled to open for the season, though a recent dry spell has led to some uncertainty about opening day going ahead.
“We had a bit of a warm, dry spell at the beginning of the month,” Josh Foster of Big White says, “But it is snowing quite heavily right now and the forecast is calling for roughly 20 centimetres of snow through the weekend. If that happens we should still be on track for our scheduled opening day.”
Revelstoke Mountain has opening day planned for Sunday, Nov. 30, Apex Mountain near Penticton is scheduled to open Saturday, Dec. 6 and Harper Mountain near Kamloops is set to open Dec. 8.
Crystal Mountain in West Kelowna will remain closed this season following a late season chair lift crash in March.
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