Skiers and snowboarders head towards the lift at Marble Mountain in this file photo. ‚ÄĒ Star file photo
STEADY BROOK The mild weather and heavy rains expected to hit western Newfoundland into Wednesday have forced the closure of Marble Mountain for at least the rest of this week.
The ski hill posted the bad news for skiers and snowboarders on its Facebook page Tuesday afternoon.
According to the latest Environment Canada forecast, Corner Brook and vicinity could see as much as 50 millimetres of rain between Tuesday evening and Wednesday morning. The temperature is expected to get up as high as 5 C.
‚ÄúThat said, we're just waiting for the mild weather to pass before we go into 24 hours per day repair mode,‚ÄĚ stated the ski hill‚Äôs posting. ‚ÄúWe'll begin pushing snow around to fill in gaps left by the rain, and we'll start making snow as soon as the weather allows.‚ÄĚ
Marble Mountain said it is not worried as January thaws are not uncommon and the ski hill has been preparing for such a circumstance.
‚ÄúOur outside operations crew is one of the best in the business and they're known for performing magic on this place to get it back to as if it never rained a day in 2014,‚ÄĚ read the prepared statement. ‚ÄúKeep in mind it's still early in the season ‚ÄĒ we're normally just getting the whole Mountain open by now, so we're ahead of the game.‚ÄĚ
While temperatures expected to get back to around freezing later Wednesday, there is no significat snowfall amounts in the forecast for the coming week.