Ski Wentworth weathers January thaw

Jamie Heap
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Main trails remain open due to excellent manmade snow base

According to Ski Wentworth general manager Leslie Wilson, colder temperatures earlier in the ski season created an excellent base of manmade snow that withstands rain better than natural snow. 

WENTWORTH-While the latest dusting of snow is welcome news to those involved in the ski industry, Ski Wentworth seems to have weathered the worse effects of the January Thaw thanks to its excellent manmade snow base.

“The January thaw did dampen the crowds, but winter is returning this weekend with snow Saturday night and cold temperatures on Monday night,” stated Ski Wentworth general manager Leslie Wilson on Saturday. “Thankfully, early season cold temperatures enabled us to make an excellent base of manmade snow that withstands rain much better than natural snow. All our main trails are open. We started the season early, with natural snow and cold temperatures for making snow. It was an excellent start to the season. There's still lots of winter to come yet.”

The early to start to the ski season also had a carry-over effect to its ski shop.

“Dave Wilson’s Ski Shop was busy selling early season cold weather items like belaclavas, helmet liners, gloves and hand warmers,” said Wilson. “Our New Year’s Eve party with Merimac was a great success. Close to 200 attended.”

Looking ahead, Ski Wentworth is offering free skiing to anyone who wears a kilt on Saturday, January 25 for Robbie Burns Day. As for Atlantic Canada’s largest ski race, the Rolland Brunner, it will be taking place on February 14, 15 and 16.

“The best racers from across the Maritimes will be in Wentworth for the Rolland Brunner. Racers will be tuning up for the 2015 Canada Games.

For more information about Ski Wentworth, visit


Organizations: Ski Shop

Geographic location: Atlantic Canada

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