Awesome season for Mystery Mountain Winter Park

Mystery Mountain Winter Park enjoys the longest ski season in Manitoba, and this year was no exception.With an early opening date of Dec. 14, Mystery Mountain offered 57 ski days this winter (compared to 32 ski days in 2012-2013).The cold temperatures didn't seem an obstacle to the many that took to the slopes to enjoy the endless natural and man-made snow that this year offered.

With just over 5,000 customers recorded this season, Mystery Mountainattracted more customers this year that in the last few. Jan. 11wasthe record day at Mystery Mountain, with an afternoontemperature of only -18, a light snowfall and a packed chalet.It was awesome.

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This year also saw the creation of an Olympic-sized ski/snowboard jump, known as the "40 footer."

Large-scaleimprovements and upgradesto Mystery Mountain Winter Park last summer paid off this season with all four skilifts being operational.These improvements had included three new lift stations, electrical upgrades, massive brushing efforts, fresh paint and more.

Mystery Mountain Winter Parkis owned by the not-for-profit Thompson Ski Club.Volunteers and business sponsorship keep Mystery Mountain Winter Park alive.Each year thewinter parkrequires volunteers to assist with summer maintenance such as tree falling, brushing and painting.In the fall, artificial snowmaking (yes, we make snow way up here in Thompson) begins, which requires volunteers around-the-clock to move and monitor the large snowguns.And we are always looking for volunteers to help withadministrative tasks such asscheduling events and securing financial grants and donations.Anyone wishing to join the team of volunteers at Mystery Mountain Winter Park can e-mail Ben Sewell at volunteer@mysterymountain.ca.

Mystery Mountain Winter Park is located 20 minutes north of Thompson on Provincial Road 280. With 18 downhill runs andfour lifts, Mystery Mountain offers fun and adventure for a variety of experience levels. You can rent skis or snowboards for the day, take a lesson from a qualified instructor, enjoy lunch at the concession and indulge after-ski in the licensed Polar Bar Lounge.

As well, Mystery Mountain Winter Park has more than 12 kilometres of groomed cross-country/snowshoe trails.

The Thompson Ski Club annual general meeting is scheduled for May 28 at 7 p.m. at the Mary Fenske Board Room in the Thompson Regional Community Centre.Everyone is welcome to attend, and we would love to see some new faces.

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