The temperature is expected to be frightful, but the lure of fresh snow and a solid base should entice hundreds of skiers and snowboarders to opening day at Harper Mountain.
Snow sports manager Lisa Daburger said the mountain has a 60-centimetre base and a recent snowfall added another 20 cm of powder.
This will make for some great skiing when Harper opens at 9 a.m. Saturday, she said.
“I can tell you it’s going to be a fantastic opening. We have some very nice snow on top of an excellent base,” Deburger said Thursday. “It’s really nice.”
Harper has had earlier openings, but the amount of snow is among the best in recent years, she said. Only the T-bar is operational on Saturday, but the entire family run resort is up and running on Sunday — tube park included.
Those who visit Saturday ride the T-bar at a special rate of $20 for adults and $15 for juniors. The usual ticket price is $41.90 for adults and $27.62 for juniors.
“It’s nice to do a soft opening,” said Daburger.
Environment Canada has forecast a daytime high of –14 C for Saturday.
Meanwhile, Santa Claus is expected to make a pre-Christmas visit to Sun Peaks Resort on Dec. 14. From 3:30 to 5 p.m., kids and adults can enjoy a variety of entertainment and activities, and even get a photo taken with Santa.
“We will have maple taffy pops made right in the snow, musical performances by the B3 Kings, storytelling with elves, plus a lot more throughout the village,” Janice Nankivell, events manager for Tourism Sun Peaks, said in a press release.