Ski Wentworth’s Winter Wonderland

Jamie Heap
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Published on December 29, 2013

A view of a skier through a snow-covered tree Saturday at Ski Wentworth

Published on December 29, 2013

A view of one of Ski Wentworth’s snow guns.

Published on December 29, 2013

Long chair lift line-ups Saturday at Ski Wentworth did not deter people from waiting their turn.

Published on December 29, 2013

Skiers and snowboarders skiing Saturday at the Bunny Hill

Published on December 29, 2013

Four skiers ride the ski lift Saturday.

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Twelve-year-old Wentworth Ski Race Club member Jason Havill inside the Ski Wentworth lodge.

Published on December 29, 2013

Four friends united by skiing meet at the bottom of the hill before planning their next run

Published on December 29, 2013

Skiers and snowboarders ski up downhill while throngs of others ride to the top on chair lifts Saturday.

Published on December 29, 2013

Members of the Wentworth Ski Race Club. The U-12 will be travelling to Poley Mountain January 19 for first race of season.

Wentworth Ski Race club holds Christmas Ski Camp

WENTWORTH-Mid-season form. That’s one phrase that could be used to describe Ski Wentworth’s start to the ski season that began on December 14.

Colder temperatures and consistently abundant snowfall amounts, coupled with artificial snowmaking, have transformed Ski Wentworth into a winter wonderland.

“Conditions will be lovely today after 5-10cm of fresh snow on Christmas Day,” stated Ski Wentworth general manager Leslie Wilson on Boxing Day. “We're taking advantage of the cold temperatures and making snow on (the) Beaver right now. The plan is to pull the guns on the bottom of Beaver after we shut down and open up south side trails. Tonight (December 26) is the first night of night skiing.”

While it was not overly cold on Saturday, skiing in the cold can be challenging.

“You have to love it when it’s really cold out,” stated Peter Chiasson of Antigonish on Saturday. “At the same time, you hate it that it’s so cold outside. When I lived out west, I used to snowboard in minus 30 degree weather. The same would be true for skiing. Snowboarding or skiing in the cold weather is a love-hate relationship.”

Taking advantage of the fair weather at the valley of the snow were members of the Wentworth Ski Race Club.  Such former racers turned coaches Sarah Byrne, 19 and Haley Tibbetts, 18, were among those coaches leading a Christmas Ski Camp.

“It’s lots of fun,” said first year ski race coach Byrne. “I used to race, but now I just coach.” As for Tibbetts, she’s coached two years with the aforesaid race club.

Inside the ski lodge, Alan Havill, a Wentworth Ski Race Club parent and volunteer, gave away club calendars, accepting donations in support of the club.

“The Wentworth Ski Race Club is over 40 years old,” said Havill. “It’s open to racers between the ages of 8 and 21. We have between 80 and 100 racers. It runs between the second week in January and the end of March. We race in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, as well as Mount Tremblant and Whistler towards the end of the ski season. Our first race (U-12) of the season is at Poley Mountain January 19. We’re still looking for new members.”

The aforementioned club, whose goal is to develop better technical skiers, will be holding a dinner/Chase-the-Ace type fundraiser on February 22 at the Wentworth Recreation Centre. Havill also acknowledged the support of the Wilson family.

“The Wilson family has been a proud supporter of the club for many, many years.”

As for Ski Wentworth, it will be hosting Merimac from 9:00 on New Year’s Eve. Starting on January 5, regular hours of operation and weekly specials commence.

For more information, visit Ski Wentworth online at




Organizations: Wentworth Ski Race Club, Wentworth Recreation Centre

Geographic location: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick Prince Edward Island Newfoundland Mount Tremblant Whistler Poley Mountain

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