Brookvale survives January thaw - mostly

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An employee at Brookvale Provincial Ski Park uses a machine to groom one of the ski hills. File photo

BROOKVALE - Brookvale Provincial Ski Park took a hit with the record warm temperatures earlier this week, but operators managed to keep most of the downhill runs open.

Allan Matters, park supervisor, said the warm weather and rain closed down a few of the runs and wiped out all of the Nordic trails.

“That was quite the spell we had but we’re actually open (Friday) with six run runs out of nine open here in downhill,” Matters said. “I didn’t think that was going to happen yesterday evening. Our Nordic site, our cross country it’s toast. We faired all right over here (downhill). The guys were in a 3 a.m. covering ice and working it up. So, we’re back up and going and we’re starting to make snow tonight.”

Matters is keeping a watchful eye on the weather, particularly with periods of snow in the forecast for Monday.

“It’s suppose to snow some on Monday,” he said and that will revive the Nordic track. “We’ll just have to wait until mother nature drops us snow there because we don’t have snow making over on that site. If we can get 20 centimeters of nice wet snow, that’s all we need to get going over there.”

Brookvale will be open to skiers over the weekend.

(mcarson@journalpioneer.com)

Organizations: Nordic

Geographic location: Brookvale Provincial Ski Park

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  • guardian proofreader
    February 04, 2013 - 10:23

    @KAINA Not just one. Read the photo caption which states ''....uses a machine to groom one of the ski hills...'' That leads me to believe that there are multiple ski hills on PEI out there, some of which are being hidden by our government. And these snow groomers can be used as military equipment to fight off the invasion of the United Nations armies with the coming of the new world order.

  • kaina
    February 03, 2013 - 15:16

    wow ive been here for 8 years never knew we had a ski hill , i think ill have to see it with my own eyes to confirm its not photo shop