Skiers and snowboarders are going to have to wait a little longer to hit the slopes at Marble Mountain.
Although the ski resort had hoped to open today, it looks like it now won’t open until at least Saturday.
A mild spell just before Christmas had quashed any hopes of an early opening on Boxing Day and, according to Marble’s sales and marketing manager, the slopes have yet to recover adequately.
“This past weekend was not kind to us,” Richard Wells said in an interview Monday.
He was referring to efforts to churn out enough artificial snow to get the hill ready in time for an opening today. Wells said there was too much humidity in the air during the weekend to make good quality snow.
Marble has had its 14 snow guns pumping out artificial snow at strategic locations all over the mountain this week. Wells said the plan was to be able to connect the upper and lower runs on the hill and to have both beginner and more advanced access from top to bottom by Saturday.
With enough natural snowfall, noted Wells, it may be possible to get some of the ungroomed slopes at Marble Mountain open too.
That just might happen as Environment Canada was forecasting between 20 and 30 centimetres of snow to fall in the area between New Year’s Day and today.