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Old 01-21-2013, 06:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Due to the current work to rule campaign by the public school teachers of Ontario, all extra curricular activities have been cancelled.

As a result, all school trips to go skiing / riding have been gassed to this point and it appears that the remainder of the season is also going down the tubes.

This is not a good thing for any hill in the province. No one to this point has put a number on lost revenue, but no doubt it is significant.

I was up at Mt. St. Louis Moonstone today and the place was deserted. The good news is that due to the Arctic air mass sitting over us, they had shut down the entire south end of the hill and had every gun working building up the base for the balance of the season. I am sure they will make snow this entire week, but with no kids on the hill, I don't know what their ROI is going to be.

It is wonderful for those of us that can ride midweek with nobody on the trails, but I fear that the hill owners are in for a major financial hit this season. Quite frankly I'd rather dodge a few kids, see the dollars flow and keep the local industry healthy.
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:03 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That sucks! I converted from skiing to snowboarding in Grade 6. My school had a 4 day field trip spread out over 4 weeks. Was cheap, fun and healthy for kids to do.

Damn work to rule...
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:26 PM   #3 (permalink)
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As someone who does all his riding mid-week I can't say I am totally sad not to have the lift stop every 10 seconds because some kid fell getting on or off the chair nor having them snowplow/sideslip the snow off every run. However I was introduced to my local hill through the skiing in the school program even though snowboards weren't allowed then and it sucks that these kids are missing out. As well this is a financial hurdle the hills don't need, especially after the write off that a lot of last winter was.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:19 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Damn! As much as I love my weekdays with no waiting times etc, I feel bad for those kids.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:21 PM   #5 (permalink)
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That sucks, those middle school boarding trips were some of the best times I had!!!
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Old 01-23-2013, 06:30 AM   #6 (permalink)
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I agree with many of your statements. I learned to ski this way as snowboarding was in its infancy at that time.

Our last few winters have been like this all season do to weather and not a policy. The result is the same. Like stated, nice to ride with no crowds but hope the resorts can hold out with the losses in revenue.

Rumor had it my local hill lost 50% of it's lift ticket sales last year from low numbers. Again rumor, but I'm sure it was close as the never very crowded compared to years past and I ride a lot.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:40 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Due to the current work to rule campaign by the public school teachers of Ontario, all extra curricular activities have been cancelled.

As a result, all school trips to go skiing / riding have been gassed to this point and it appears that the remainder of the season is also going down the tubes.

This is not a good thing for any hill in the province. No one to this point has put a number on lost revenue, but no doubt it is significant.

I was up at Mt. St. Louis Moonstone today and the place was deserted. The good news is that due to the Arctic air mass sitting over us, they had shut down the entire south end of the hill and had every gun working building up the base for the balance of the season. I am sure they will make snow this entire week, but with no kids on the hill, I don't know what their ROI is going to be.

It is wonderful for those of us that can ride midweek with nobody on the trails, but I fear that the hill owners are in for a major financial hit this season. Quite frankly I'd rather dodge a few kids, see the dollars flow and keep the local industry healthy.

I'm sure the resorts can take the loss, but this just means the hills will be less packed
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Old 01-24-2013, 01:56 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I'm not so sure they can. Blue maybe but these other places run on pretty thin margins. Not only do they get the school kids but a lot of families make a day of it. Not to mention the kids they do get to come back. I mean I love a day like today when there are maybe 152 other people at the hill but if I want to come back in future years they need the kids.
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I'm not so sure they can. Blue maybe but these other places run on pretty thin margins. Not only do they get the school kids but a lot of families make a day of it. Not to mention the kids they do get to come back. I mean I love a day like today when there are maybe 152 other people at the hill but if I want to come back in future years they need the kids.
Basic rules of economics will apply. I am sure they will be fine

in the mean time enjoy the empty hills while I am stuck in the office
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Old 01-24-2013, 06:46 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Well it won't be long now that the gov't found an extra 3 billion or so, and they are now repealing the bill. Maybe this season can be salvaged....
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