Marble has successful season despite weather

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CORNER BROOK  It was one of the more challenging ski seasons weather wise, but Marble Mountain had another successful run, according to its general manager.

There were 83 ski days in the 2012-13 season at the hill in western Newfoundland, said Chris Beckett, while taking a break from the slopes on Marble’s final day.

The ski hill opened Dec. 31 and officially closed Monday, after an additional day was added to the season because of the weather leading up to and including Monday.

“It was a good season,” Beckett said. “We were happy with our visitation. We had lots of snow, a bit of rain and wind along with that, but Mother Nature seemed to be able to help us rebound with snow.”

Click HERE to view a slideshow from Marble's final weekend.

There were the occasional down times on the slopes due to storms, high winds or rain, but along with Mother Nature the crew at the hill were able to overcome the challenges to make the ski conditions as good as possible.

Of course, the multiple snow guns and other equipment played a major factor in that. The man-made snow is more resilient than natural snow. It lasts longer because of its density, combined with being packed by skiers and groomers.

“It definitely does last longer,” Beckett said of the human-created snow.

“Without it, it would be a different story.”

March was a particular challenge for crew at the hill, according to Beckett. It was a warmer-than-usual month, as spring arrived earlier than usual in western Newfoundland.

“It was a big challenge, at times,” he said. “We had packed away our snow-making equipment and we had to pull it out again a couple of times more than we normally would.”

Marble Mountain averages between 85-90 ski days in a season, so the 83 days this year was basically on par.

Beckett said skiers got to experience beautiful spring-like conditions on the final weekend.

The general manager said there are no major infrastructure projects planned for the off-season, but crews will be doing their regular trail maintenance.

 

churley@thewesternstar.com

Twitter: WS_CoryHurley

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Marble Mountain

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  • david
    April 02, 2013 - 12:56

    If the weather is any of "unusually warm", "unusually wet", or "unusually windy" almost every year, how long is it before you finally admit that it is "usually" pretty bad for operating a ski hill? Taxpayers are interested.

  • Shawn
    April 02, 2013 - 12:16

    Agreed Mainlander. I would also like to know the financial outcome of this season. I don't understand how this place can lose money. By all accounts, it gets alot of traffic yet never seems to turn a profit, or break even for that matter. I think it's time to open the books and operate that place within it's own means.

  • Bernadette Flynn
    April 02, 2013 - 10:18

    26 runs open yesterday. Mountain closed today. ? ? ?

  • Bernadette Flynn
    April 02, 2013 - 09:53

    Too bad the hill closed when the conditions were never better all winter. The hill opened when there weren't many runs open. Why must it close when conditions are at their best ? ? I guess when you're counting days, it really matters only to the business, and not to the skiier, who would love to be on the mountain this week.

  • mainlander
    April 02, 2013 - 09:39

    Mr. Beckett what were the numbers, what was the bottom line financially? That place is losing a smal foruneevry year. Tax payers don't need a weather update of winter past. Cory did you even ask about the coustomer traffic?