A white Christmas may be a long shot for London, but it’s a sure thing at Boler Mountain.
“We have had steady traffic of people coming and getting their ski legs on for the season,” Marty Thody, a member of the management team at the ski operation in Byron, said Sunday.
“Our programs are going to be starting just after Christmas, so we expect the crowds to get a little bit bigger. But, overall, it has been a good flow of traffic and the ski conditions have been fantastic.”
The skiing and snowboarding season began Dec. 12 following days of snowmaking by staff. Eight of the hill’s 15 trails were open Sunday, along with three of four lifts.
Conditions were ideal, with the temperature hovering around freezing and little wind.
Boler closes Monday at 4:30 p.m. and won’t reopen until 11 a.m. on Boxing Day. The hill has some holiday events planned, including a freestyle skiing session this weekend and fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
A high of –1 C and a low of –6 are forecast Monday with a 60 per cent chance of flurries. A mix of sun and cloud is expected Christmas Day with a high of 1 and and a low of –3.
The Weather Network is predicting that most Canadians, including those living in the London region, won’t get a white Christmas.
It will feel less like Christmas later this week when the high is expected to soar to 9 C Friday, well above the average high of –0.7 C at this time of year.
Thody said the mild weather shouldn’t have a major impact on Boler’s operations.
“We have lots of snow to get through this,” he said, noting that snow production remains similar year to year – between 94 million and 113 million litres of water are converted into snow – regardless of how much natural snow falls in the region.
“We hope to be opening up more terrain by next weekend,” Thody said.