While many Manitobans are hoping the temperatures return to a more seasonable value quickly, management at the Asessippi Ski Area and Resort are quite content that remnants of the polar vortex are staying around a bit longer.
The resort, located just north of Russell west of Inglis, is reporting excellent snow conditions due to the cold nights and below-normal daytime highs. There is a 105-centimetre base of snow with lots of snow stockpiled to move into critical areas.
“This year, conditions are excellent as we head into the final week of the ski season,” said Asessippi Resort general manager Newell Johnston. “We always have lots of snow on the hill because it faces north and with the cold temperatures overnight, the hill can be groomed to be in peak condition for the ski day.”
Johnston said the cold temperatures in late December, January and some of February forced many school groups to cancel. However, they all rebooked as Asessippi had upwards of 600 students on the hill every day for the past two weeks. Asessippi regularly hosts well over 20,000 school visits per season.
This week was spring break for many Saskatchewan schools so many families took advantage to make up for the skiing they missed during the rest of the winter.
Next week looks promising for the resort, which features three lifts operating for the 27 runs as well as eight lanes of snow tubing.
“We’re looking for a big week during Manitoba spring break as we close out the 2013-14 season,” Johnston said. “We encourage families to come out and enjoy excellent ski conditions in a very family-friendly atmosphere.”
There is still time to learn to ski or snowboard. Asessippi is offering a lift pass for the Ollie Express, rental of skis or snowboard and lessons for just $9.99 from March 31 to April 6.
The season is scheduled to conclude on April 6 with the annual Slush Cup, which involves skiers and snowboarders coming down the hill and jumping into a pit of slushy water.
Asessippi’s lifts open at 9:30 a.m. daily. Closing times vary. For more information, visit asessippi.com.