Phoenix Mountain could be open for the upcoming ski and snowboard season as early as Boxing Day, according to James Hall, President of the Phoenix Mountain Alpine Ski Association.
“It really depends on how much snow we get between now and then. There’s snow in the forecast and we’re hopeful. But, we either get it or we don’t get it,” Hall said Wednesday, Dec. 22.
Proof of vaccination against COVID-19 will be required to enter the ski lodge, but won’t be necessary to ride the t-bar ski lift or enter the rental shop, he said. Tickets and a full menu of concession offerings will be available to un-vaccinated patrons through a take-out window on the lodge’s upper deck.
The hill’s Phoenix Racer program will get underway in January.
Hall said Phoenix regulars can look forward to the return of concession operator Kim Neilson and groomer operator Duff Sigurdson.
“We’ve done everything we can to open as soon as we can. We look forward to seeing everyone back on the hill and seeing their smiling faces,” Hall told The Gazette.
Snow and sub-zero temperatures are forecast in the Grand Forks area through Tuesday, Dec. 28, according to Environment Canada.
Phoenix got off to a later start last season, having opened Jan. 8, 2021.
For more information, visit Phoenix Mountain’s website at skiphoenix.ca.