Tuesday, January 5th 2021, 2:06 pm - Blue Mountain had to close mid-season because there was no snow and it was too warm to make fake snow.
Blue Mountain ski resort was established in 1941. Since it's been in operation, it has opened every winter to welcome skiers and winter enthusiasts. But on January 5, 2007, the resort was forced to shut down mid-season as their hills lacked snow.
Blue Mountain is technically located in the incorporated "The Blue Mountains," situated in Grey County, Ont. It is not far from Collingwood, which is in Simcoe County, Ont. Historically, on Jan. 5, Collingwood's temperature high is -1.7°C. On Jan. 5, 2007, it was 11°C.
The balminess did not allow for the production of fake snow, as Blue Mountain needs temperatures between minus 2 and minus 6 to make the white stuff.
In mid-January, when the ground in Eastern Canada is usually frozen, it was still soft. There wasn't any ice in the lakes and rivers, there was no snow, and leaves were still on trees.
Generally, over the years, Canadian winters have become warmer and drier. But the 2005 - 2006 winter was the warmest on record, so there was increased urgency from outdoor enthusiasts for an ideal 2007 winter season.
"We're trying to make the best of things so that guests who still come to Blue will have a good time, but it's pretty tense," said Kelly O'Neil, a spokesperson for Blue Mountain Resort.
Unfortunately, after a run of unseasonably warm weather, the officials said they had no choice but to close the resort. Blue Mountain laid off 1,300 workers, including housekeeping staff, restaurant workers and ski lift operators.
Just days later, on January 9th, more than 20 centimetres of fresh powder fell over areas in Ontario. Blue Mountain re-opened its doors, with at least 200 of the furloughed employees returning to their job.
In 2020, a week after Blue Mountain opened its ski hills, they were forced to close their doors to comply with Ontario's COVID-19 lockdown regulations. This is the second time in the resort's history that they have to cease operations.
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