Snowy winter benefits Wentworth ski hill
Many people are angry at mother nature for the snowfall Nova Scotia received this winter but for Ski Wentworth the snow has been welcome.
"I can't remember anything like the winter we had this year," said Ski Wentworth General Manager Leslie Wilson. "We are still open on all 22 runs. It's absolutely incredible."
Wilson was out skiing on Wednesday and said they are still drawing fairly good crowds.
"Skier numbers are definitely up over last year and though they are calling for rain this weekend we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope for sunshine," she said.
She said that even the runs with natural snow are still open and the skiing is very good in the trees.
"That's unheard of at this time of year," she added.
The great snow hasn't been the only positive news for Ski Wentworth this season.
They will also be developing the hill this summer in preparation for the 2011 Canada Winter games.
They received $3.2-million worth of government funding for the upgrades.
"The snow making system will be doubled and we will develop a new venue for moguls and aerials," said Wilson. "We will also make changes to the alpine terrain for the giant slalom and slalom and we will make changes to the half-pipe.
"It will look very different here next year," Wilson added.
Three levels of government are investing a total of $15-million to improve Ski Wentworth, Ski Martock and 11 other sporting venues in the province in preparation for the Canada Winter Games.
"I will be a win-win situation for both the high-performance athlete and the general public," Wilson said.
The Halifax Regional Municipality is contributing $7 million to the project and the government of Canada and the province have each committed $3 million.
The Canada Winter Games will run from Feb. 11-17, 2011.
For anybody who hasn't had enough skiing at Wentworth this season, the last day to get on the hill is Sunday, Apr. 5.
The hill is open from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Lift passes are $30, with rentals costing $20.