The improved ski patrol squad was one of many highlights of the season at Mount Joy Snow Resort that comes to an end this weekend. On the opening day of the season in January, Ernie How, centre, president of Battle Zone Canadian Ski Patrol, presented official CSP jackets to The Dean Peters, left, president of Mount Joy t, and volunteer Grant Collins. Snow conditions have good all year long with skier visits up thanks to community sponsors and volunteers. File photo
Barring a sudden meltdown, Mount Joy Snow Resort will wind up for the season this weekend with ski and snowboard races for kids.
“We’re still in the planning stages—it looks like we’ll have some sponsorships,” said Dean Peters, resort president.
“The kids will have some ski racing and some prizes, and it will be fun for the whole family.”
Table Mountain in the Battlefords will also close this weekend as people lose interest and the snow coverage gets thin with the warmer weather.
“We’re going to do our best to get the snow to wherever it needs to be,” said Peters, adding conditions have been great all season.
He said they did have to shut down a few days in February due to a cold snap, but they’ve had a really strong finish to the year with skier visits up.
“There’s been a lot more people coming out and a lot of new people that we’ve seen,” he said.
He’s also stoked by the volume of positive comments on Mount Joy’s Facebook page.
“We’ve had comments about our ski school and our instructors that’s all been good,” said Peters.
“We’ve had some prizes and some giveaways.”
Peters recalled on Valentine’s Day they gave away a romantic dinner for two and a family season pass on Family Day that is good for the rest of this season and all of next season.
Other great weekends and happenings this year included The Goat day and a snowboard raffle sponsored by Grindin Gears Bikes n’ Boards.
Peters says one of his highlight weekends was one sponsored by the Optimist Club, which gave free lift passes to the first 100 kids.
“The ski instructors volunteered to get lessons that weekend,” he said.
“I think they gave out 48 free lessons to a bunch of brand new skiers—that was a fantastic day.”
He said the snow grooming volunteers also did a fantastic job.
“In my own opinion, the runs are as good as they’ve ever been,” he said.
Peters’ summer to-do list includes addressing the rental shop capacity that was maxed out the day the Optimists came out.
“Those are the really good problems to have,” he said.
“When the Optimists came out we had a lot of people who’ve come back every weekend since then.”
The off season priority is headed by finding a replacement to a new genset used to power the snowmaking.
Vice president, Ray Tatro says the system was working well up to the end of February when it overheated and stop working.
“So we are formulating a solution to that before next November,” said Tatro, who added they’ve got several other irons in the fire.
“We’ve got some things in the works that I think are going to materialize and turn into some good things.”
He noted aside from the genset, it’s been a positive year at Mount Joy.
Specifically, he said the instruction went well with their snowboard and ski schools.
“A few of our board members are going to the Canada West Ski Areas Association convention at Lake Louise at the beginning of May,” he said.
“They’ll get some good info and come back with some new ideas.”
Ice fishing won’t be one of them, but that’s what Peters wants to do after the resort closes this Sunday.
“I would like to get some ice fishing in—have a weekend with some snow on it, but doesn’t involve a ski hill,” he said with a laugh.
This was Peters’ first season as president and says he’s open to continuing that role next year.
“That’s the way it’s looking right now, but the rest of the board might have different ideas,” he said.
“There’s been some challenges, but it would be a shame not to apply for it next year and see where we can move forward with the experiences this year —build on this year and have a great year next year.”