After losing most of its 2013-14 season due to lack of snow, Mount Cain Ski Area will open “unambiguously” this Saturday, Feb. 22.
The Mount Cain Alpine Society, which operates the Regional District of Mount Waddington-owned facility, made the announcement Monday morning following a weekend of heavy snowfall.
Neil Borecky, MCAS president, cautioned skiers the slopes may not be open to the public until 10 a.m. Saturday, to give volunteer patrollers time to set boundary ropes.
“It was a total white out by noon (last) Sunday, so our volunteers did the best we could,” Borecky wrote on the Mount Cain website.
Additional scheduling details are still being worked out, including the annual TeleFest telemarking festival and potential Monday openings.
“Stay tuned,” Borecky wrote. “Winter is here. You will be rewarded for your patience.”
Mount Cain has not been open at all this season. Directors did set a tentative opening in mid-January after a snowfall early in 2014, but the weather warmed under clear skies and the snow base did not hold.
The only skiing on the Island in the meantime has been at Mount Washington, and that has been sporadic. Mount Washington opened for 18 days in January before being forced to close again, and reopened just last week.
For visitors to Mount Cain’s opening this weekend, chains will be required, as usual, and the road to the ski area is a one-way drive. Uphill traffic only will be allowed in the morning, and downhill only in the afternoon.
For condition updates and further information, visit www.mountcain.com or call the ski hotline at 1-888-668-6622.