WENTWORTH - The skiers went from snow to water as they came down the hill at Ski Wentworth on Saturday.
Because rain was forecast for Sunday the ski hill held its season ending activities a day early, drawing large crowds. The day included an Easter egg hunt, aquaneige, a retro wax race, music and fireworks.
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“We had 75 people in the aquaneige, with the youngest being six years old and the oldest 35,” said Leslie Wilson, general manager of Ski Wentworth. We opened registration at 9 and closed it at 10:30 and there were more people who would have taken part if they could. We like to keep the event around one hour long.”
She said she isn’t sure how long the facility has been holding aquaneige but that it must be at least 20 years.
“People like watching people wipe out,” she explained. “The bigger the splash the bigger the cheers. It’s a nice way to wrap up the season.”
There were 140 children who participated in the Easter egg hunt this year, which was the biggest turnout in its history.
Many people also showed up for breakfast, which was held to clean out the kitchen and could include anything from cereal to pizza.
“We had a really good year,” added Wilson. “Overall there was very consistent weather. We opened early, on 14 December, and were able to shut down snow making at the end of January.”
Mike Stevens, of Hilden, was one of those skiing during the day.
“I had great fun,’ he said. “I work out west but when I have my weeks off I try to get out here.”
He watched the aquaneige, which his 13-year-old son made it through without getting wet.
Although he is only 11 years old AJ Cunningham is an experienced skier, having started when he was three. He took part in the wax race and the Easter egg hunt, as well as skiing some trails.
“I like the wood trails best,” he said. “I like going fast and feel sad that the season is ending.”
With the change in weather he switches his interest to motocross.
Skiing is a family activity for Julie Anne Stienburg, of Cole Harbour. She and her husband, along with their children, enjoy the sport. Two of them race and one of her daughter’s took part in aquaneige last year.
“It’s sad to see the end of the season and see the snow go,” she said. “Skiing is a great activity.”
Mike Saxton, of Truro, felt the season was the best one in years. He and his wife showed up Saturday to clear out their lockers and say good-bye until next winter.
Those who want to be ready for next season can buy early bird passes now.
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