You can fight Mother Nature and win. For a moment.
This week’s brutally freezing temperatures required caution – if you’ve been outside at all – as frostbite and hypothermia can set in while you try to have fun outside.
The ski sheriff always had cold hands and feet from his long arms and legs. Chemical hand warmers in mittens (rather than five-finger gloves) and rechargeable battery-powered foot warmers have become the norm.
The same goes for the full mask / partial mask head
covers (balaclava) that fit under a ski / board helmet and a thick neck warmer that fits well around the anti-fog ski goggles so that no skin is exposed. The sheriff chose a ski coat or shell large enough for several layers consisting of upper body underwear (merino wool, not cotton), sweatshirts and pullovers (with zippers to vent. any additional heat). A down vest kept his torso warm and his arms free for the movement of the ski poles. Long underwear and fleece sweatpants moved under waterproof snow pants.
Voila, Michelin Man!
In addition, you should take regular breaks indoors; fuel the body with snacks and hot chocolate; do not ski alone; give the tree wells a wide berth; and remember: closed areas are closed for a reason.
Due to extremely cold temperatures – a low of -29 C and a high of -20 C on Monday, Silver Star Mountain Resort has closed the Putnam Creek side; then closed the Putnam Creek / Alpine Meadows chairlifts and the Home Run Tee Tuesday and Wednesday; and canceled night skiing from Tuesday to today. Apex Mountain Resort did not have night skiing all week. Sun Peaks Resort closed two chair lifts on Sunday, expanded to three lifts on Wednesday, and instituted lift openings at 10 a.m.
Sovereign Lake Nordic Center – free hot chocolate / coffee all week – reduced grooming “as trail use is limited during cold spells”. Nickel Plate Nordic Center has also canceled the grooming with temperatures as low as -34C and no one is skiing.
The annual series of cross-country and downhill operations in the Okanagan continues with Baldy Mountain Resort in the South Okanagan.
“We are finally fully operational,” said Brandan Datoff, Manager of Resort Services.
“The Eagle and Sugarlump chairlifts had a lot of work before we opened
on December 17th and they are both in big
state. With the summer fire that got us really late
interview, we finally look really good. We’ve had some awesome outside work from third-party contractors who have really given us a head start and we’re looking forward to a phenomenal season, ”he said.
“Our snow base held up well during this hot weather ahead of the start date of the season and we opened with probably the most snow we have seen as well as one of the best bases (103cm) and snow of the Okanagan.
“We have a lot of staff and operate in a timely manner to transport people from their vehicles to the ski resort. The groomers look really good. We opened the north side on December 21st. The lessons take place; our first ski / snowboard camp started on December 20th and our second camp started on Monday (December 27th).
Silver Star Mountain Resort has also experienced a busy offseason.
Its first (and only) Night Terrain Park, located on the Milky Way just above the village, opened on December 17th. Cyclists will find young and old alike in Bannister Park, including boxes, rails and jumps open at 9:30 am. 4 p.m. daily and 8 p.m. night skiing. Silver Star has also added a new custom feature to the Snow Park.
It also won the National Ski Areas Association’s Best Social Media Campaign award for the 2021-22 winter season when in-person gatherings were scrapped. The series of virtual events included snow park competitions, mountain and off-mountain activations and competitions featuring unique methods for guest engagement, high-quality prizes, and collection / sharing of generated content. users, said Chantelle Deacon, head of media relations.
As a result, the social media audience has grown massively with over 53,000 positive reactions, comments and shares; an organic reach of over one million; viewing of videos from more than 140,000 channels owned; and over 35,000 guest channels.
After a hugely successful smooth opening in the village at the end of last season, the Black Pine Social restaurant has opened for its first full season, Deacon said.
Silver Star will also be relaunching its Seismic Mountain Festival from March 25 to April 3, “a collaboration of the ski and bike industries,” she said.
Silver Star renamed and relaunched its Play Forever fund, in partnership with the Community Foundation of the North Okanagan (CFNO), to raise funds for local nonprofits providing direct community assistance.
“Thanks to generous contributions from our guests, other community members, and provincial and federal government twinning, we were able to match an additional $ 103,000 to the $ 140,000 that Play Forever donated,” said Deacon.
“This has led to contributions of $ 245,615 to local charities and groups in need like the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation, United Way, the Canadian Mental Health Organization and many more. “
During this holiday season, CFNO and an anonymous donor both match public donations to the Vernon Food Bank (Salvation Army – House of Hope) of up to $ 10,000. The total donation could reach $ 30,000.
The Play Forever Fund, initially created in March 2019, has again partnered with CFNO to raise funds for the Red Cross. The fund donated $ 5,000 and CFNO found two matching donors for a total donation of $ 15,000.
Federal and Provincial Governments Match Every Dollar Donated to Canadian Red Cross Appeal for 2021 Flood and Extreme Weather in British Columbia, Meaning $ 15,000 Raised Locally Turned into $ 45,000 .
Last month, the Vernon North Valley Gymnastics Center was destroyed by fire, so the Play Forever Fund donated $ 5,000 to help rebuild it. In December, the fund donated an additional $ 20,000 to the Vernon Jubilee Hospital Foundation.
For more information on Play Forever, its past initiatives, or to donate, visit: skisilverstar.com/about/get-inspired.
JP Squire, aka the Ski Sheriff, is a retired journalist. Email: [email protected]