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Participants at the annual Slush Cup at Ski Martock try to speed across a pool of near freezing water in hopes of making it to the other side without getting soaked. Some weren’t so lucky.
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MARTOCK, N.S. - When it comes to staying active in the cold winter months, there’s nothing else quite like sliding down a snow-covered hill on skis or a board.
Andy MacLean, manager of Ski Martock, about 10 minutes outside of Windsor, said he’s hoping for a consistent, cold winter this season.
“We’re excited for winter, last year was a little strange, we just want to see those temperatures drop,” MacLean said.
The tentative opening date was Dec. 10, depending on the weather.
The season usually lasts until the last weekend of March, however that can expand if they have another long winter.
“We’ve done some major renovations over the years, last year we implemented out magic carpet, a conveyor lift on the bunny hill,” he said. “The big thing people will notice this year is a renovation on the lodge and improvements to the bar.”
The lodge will start serving Schoolhouse Brewery beers, a local craft brewery based in Windsor.
Another addition to this year’s roster is the adoption of a program called Never Ever Days, which will give skiing and snowboarding newbies a chance to try it out for the first time.
“For $25, participants will get a lesson, have lunch and a little extra on us,” he said, adding that the Never Ever Days will be split over two days with limited entry.
The Canadian Ski Council runs the Never Ever Days across approximately 70 ski resorts across Canada.
“We’re doing one in March for children aged eight and younger and one for adults 18 and older in February,” he said.
More information can be found at skicanada.org
MacLean said interest in skiing and snowboarding is on the rise, with a steady increase in season pass sales over the last few years.
The ever-popular multi-week kid lessons sold out in June this year.
“It is a family friendly activity, you can have your teenager, your younger kids, plus mom and dad and you can all do something that you’ll find fun that day,” he said.
Duncan Baillie from the Cobequid Educational Centrein Truro crosses the finish line at the NSSAF provincials in Martock.
Following are some activities to check out at Ski Martock:
-- Nova Scotia Cross Country Ski Provincials – January 28, 29
Top local athletes compete to see who will come out on top.
-- Nordic Fest – February 18
Either by snowshoe or cross county ski, participants enjoy trails lit by candles and lanterns with food stations along the route. Finishes off with fireworks.
-- Adrenaline Divas Park Days – February 25
An all-girl event that features training clinics and a contest in the afternoon.
-- Alpine Nova Scotia Ski Cross and Slalom Event – February 25, 26
Watch pros race their way through courses.
-- Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Snowboarding Provincials – March 6
Top high school snowboard athletes compete individually and in teams.
-- Slush Cup – March 25
Brace skiers and snowboarders race across a pond of freezing water in hopes of reaching the other side. Expect big crowds for the finale of the season.
For more, check out www.martock.com