With all the new regulations, upgrades and trails now in place, Mount Joy is looking to open early in the new year.
“It’s exciting times,” says Mount Joy President Chris Bogue. “[There have been] lots of changes to the hill this year and we’re really confident that by the 2nd we’ll be ready to go.”
Bogue says the new upgrades to their snow making process means they can cover a larger area as well as gives them a bigger window to make snow without any effect from changing weather. He adds they passed over 600,000 gallons of water through their system this past weekend with groomers expected to smooth out the hills this weekend in preparation of opening day.
Once open, the rental shop is limited to five people indoors at a time and the chalet will be used for food pick up only. Passes can only be bought online with those wanting to rent required to book a pick up time for their equipment. Staff will also have contactless payment options such as credit or debit card available, but no cash will be taken on site.
“We’re expecting to have a busier than normal season. It seems like the industry is responding with sold out ski and snowboard packages throughout the whole Western provinces. It is perfectly safe, an outdoor sport that’s socially distanced.”
The Mount Joy board is also looking for volunteers to help staff the rental shop and hills this season as the resort is volunteer-run.
“The board has put together an absolutely amazing schedule for the volunteers to make sure everybody can help out where needed as well as making sure there are double and triple redundancies in certain departments just in case somebody cannot show up due to COVID issues.”
Residents interested in purchasing a season pass, volunteering or registering for the snow school can visit the Mount Joy website.