The big guns are out...and making snow at Laurentian Ski Hill.
Manager Cam Graham tells CKAT that mid-December is the usual target opening date, but the weather forecast late next week could push that back a bit.
Temps are expected to hover around plus 2 for highs late next week.
"It could be a little challenging but weather changes a lot. Next week is not looking so good but we'll see."
But snowmaking is underway and Graham says the conditions are ideal right now.
"We may open at some level on the weekend of the 15th, but if not, we really want to make sure we’re open the weekend of the 21st, once the kids are out of school,” he says. "The guns are going and we had a productive night last night and made lots of snow. this is perfect snowmaking weather...clear sky and nice cold temperatures. When it's actually snowing is a bad time to make snow because the humidity is too high.
"We're not going to push our snow. We'll leave it in piles until we're ready to open and we leave it at the top of the hill where it's a couple of degrees colder."
Graham is optimistic about this season.
“We really won’t know where we are with membership until we get by Christmas, but it’s pretty substantial, so I’m reasonably happy with that part of it, and lessons are doing well too, so the town is definitely supporting the hill,” he says.
Events this coming season include the Winter Carnival, Cheapskates Snow Wars and Family Snow Cross along with Freestyle Ontario’s Sapling Session in early March.