Riders on the first chair of the season at the Asessippi Ski Area and Resort are Tyler Bryant, Tegan Cole, Keegan Munro and MacKenzie Munro.
The Asessippi Ski Area and Resort has slid into its 15th season of snow-filled fun — its ski season opened last Friday with 13 of 26 runs ready, and more are expected to be open this weekend.
A snowboarder hits the trails at the Asessippi Ski Area and Resort.
"Opening is such a great time for us, staff, cottage owners and guests all coming back to start enjoying the winter season," said Roz Pulo, director of marketing at the resort, which is just west of Inglis, near the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border.
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About 1,100 people came out for opening weekend at Asessippi, including about 200 who now live full- or part-time at the Cottage Cove development.
Even more came out Saturday for a wedding at the resort.
"We had a lot of excitement here over the weekend," Pulo said.
It was the first wedding of the new season for Asessippi, which has been catering to weddings for just over a year.
When the resort opened at 9 a.m. on Friday, people had already been sending in photo tweets for an hour, hoping to claim a place on the first chair lift up. That honour was claimed by Tyler Bryant, Tegan Cole, Keegan Munro and MacKenzie Munro, with Ollie, Asessippi’s favourite porcupine, standing by.
The weekend also featured the annual first competition of the season, Get Amped, which took place on Saturday, and attracted 20 freestyle skiers and boarders from across Manitoba and Saskatchewan despite temperatures of -25 C.
At the resort this year, the Robin’s Run terrain park has three new rails: a donkey tail, turbo tube and down-flat turbo tube, plus a log bonk.
The resort also increased its number of runs by one this season, going from 25 to 26. The new run is located between Easy Street and Cruisin’, just below The Plunge. The name for the run is not yet official, but the resort says that it has lots of snow and is open.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition December 19, 2013