Ski season ends with a splash

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Published on April 02, 2014

Louis Martin, who is a coach with the Wentworth Freestyle Ski League, decided to get a suntan while crossing the pond Saturday at Ski Wentworth. About 50 per cent of the 75 skiers made it across.

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This skier fell backwards into the water.

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Six-year-old Rylan Sutherland showed a lot of courage by gathering up all the speed he could before hitting the water but was unable to make it across.

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Rylan was helped out of the water and then skied the rest of the way down the hill.

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This female snowboarder made it across.

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It aint no joke. This skier made it across.

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Wipe out.

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The water was cold.

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A gorilla also made a sucessful crossing of he pond. He beat his chest with joy upon exiting the other side.

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After it looked like he wasn't going to make it, this skier raised his arms in victory after just making it to the other side. The crowd cheered for him as well.

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This girl wore her pajamas across.

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She got some air-time out the other side of the pond.

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This skier had a major wipe out and drenched many of the spectators.

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This young fellow didn't make it.

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A cowboy tried to make it across.

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But he got his cowboy hat wet.

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The ski lift was loaded on Saturday.

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Ski season ends with a splash

Published on April 02, 2014

The magic carpet on the Bunny Hill was also very busy on Saturday.

WENTWORTH - Ski Wentworth wrapped up their season on Saturday with the Aquaneige and the Easter Egg Hunt.

"We had 75 participants in the Aquaneige and a record-setting 140 kids in the Easter Egg Hunt," said Leslie Wilson, general manager at Ski Wentworth.

The events were originally scheduled for Sunday but were moved up to Saturday because of the impending storm.

"It was a perfect day,' said Wilson.

The first day of skiing this season was Dec. 14.

"We were open 101 days, so that's a long season for us," said Wilson.

A colder than usual November allowed for an early opening.

"It was cold early, which was very important, because it allowed us to make snow for the first time in November," said Wilson. "We started the snowmaking plant on Nov. 23, so we were able to take advantage of that cold weather and make a lot of snow early on."

Snowmaking finished at the end of January.

"That was a very early wrap us for us, which is great, and then we were in maintenance for the rest of the season."

Wilson says skier visits were up over the last couple of years.

"A lot depends on the weather on the weekends and we had some really good weekends," said Wilson. "We had one or two crazy days but, basically, it was a really solid year."

The final week was busy as well.

"Martock closed down the week before us so a lot of the people who would normally go to Martock came to Wentworth."

An Olympic year also helped.

"It definitely helps, particularly, with how well Canada did," said Wilson.

"A friend of mine has a four-year-old daughter who saw the free-style skiing and now she wants to do it," she added. "So it definitely helps to see the great Canadian athletes and the great stories."

   

 

 

 

Organizations: Ski Wentworth

Geographic location: Martock, Canada

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