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I haven't heard anything from the ET areas, but I would imagine it would be the same in regards to the online reservation of tickets and limits like everyone else. I would imagine that passholders wou

@Gordo <extreme eyeroll>. It is silly to tell Ottawa people to not go to Gatineau when the whole region is basically one big city with two governing bodies. Like as if I'm not going to go for a

Update: Ontario will be meeting with ski resort operators this week (today?) to discuss. Unclear what potential outcomes might be. I love how CBC delivers shade in the byline, calling out Ontario for

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Whistler is dunzo for the season. The Province closed them at such short notice, many employees found out from their clients while teaching on the mountain. The CEO apparently had minutes notice prior to the Province's press conference. BC ordered them closed for three weeks, and Vail has apparently decided they will not reopen for the rest of the season, to focus on summer operations. Covid imported from non-essential travel (i.e. people from other geographic regions) is cited as the reason for the closure as Whistler (the village, not the community of employees) is experiencing a notable outbreak including variants of concern (B117, etc.). Awful news for their employees but I have an awful lot of I-told-you-so's to dish out to people complaining they can no longer make their trip.

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I’m eager to see what Mont Ste Marie does. Last year when they all closed they were the only one to say that they were taking exceptional measures to stay open, only later on to say they would be closing after all. 

If nothing changes drastically, Caabogie could be the last to close in the region this year if they manage to open. 

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There is some discussion as to whether the nonessential order closes the remaining ski resorts or not. So far no confirmation, they are assuming they can operate as planned. I mean golf is staying open so....

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Calabogie have announced that today was their last day, as the Ontario shutdown comes into effect tomorrow. The Ontario Ski Areas association is now saying that all Ontario ski areas will close after today.

So at the time I am posting, the ski season in Ottawa-Gatineau region has officially come to an end with Calabogie offering one final day under the sun.

Ski areas elsewhere in Quebec are still operating however after this long weekend, the list should drop to a dozen or less.

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Blue Mountain in Collingwood Ontario did something special for their final day (Friday). Skiing until Midnight, served by the Silver Bullet chairlift. Likely the final day of night skiing for this season, at the one of the unlikeliest of places to be doing it so late.

Well done!

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      What a difference a couple weeks and a couple big snow falls make.  Mont Ste Marie was in peak "Winter Wonderland" mode on Sunday.  Over 10cms had fallen overnight and the snow would come down heavy the rest of the day.  The 1200ft vertical mountain was 100% open including all the glades.  The drive up was a little greasy and we got stuck behind a fleet of plows up oh boy was it worth it.  The steeps were deep and the glades were fresh.  What else can I say we got soaked and our legs were burned but we stayed till last chair. Get it while its good!

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