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Skiing to return for Father’s Day weekend

Despite the calendar saying it is mid-June, skiing will still be a Father’s Day weekend activity this year.

With cooler temperatures and more rain than average, Mount Washington will have skiing available over the weekend for people to get out and enjoy the sun.

The resort says the Whiskey Jack chair will be open on June 18 and 19 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. They add people who bought lift tickets for 2021/22 or 2022/23 will have complimentary lift service.

All fathers can ski for free.

Skiing this time of year is unusual during any year, and it’s the first time skiing will be available on Father’s Day weekend since 2011 at the resort. Skiing that year was able to continue until Canada Day, according to Mount Washington marketing director Kayla Stockton.

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“There’s a fair amount of snow still left. It is melting quickly but the team is working on moving snow around, pushing it to the runs we’re going to have open this weekend,” said Stockton.

The small amount of snow means only a couple of runs off the Whiskey Jack chair will be available. This includes the Coaster run and the terrain park. However, there will not be any technical features in the park.

Stockton adds the Eagle Chair will be open to take people up for the zipline tour’s opening weekend.

With the snow, however, other areas of the hill won’t be able to open as planned and might be delayed.

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“It is a little bit more delayed than we like for the bike park at this time,” she said. “The team is working as hard as they can to move snow around and dig out trails to expose dirt underneath for what we can hopefully get open on Friday, June 24.”

“It’s a little too early to tell at this point, we’re hoping the weather is in our favour but it’s just one of those things we can’t control.”

Stockton asks families to remember their sunscreen and says other patio events and games will be available for those not wanting to enjoy the slopes.

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