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Sault skiers rejoice! For real this time

Wednesday, December 26, 2012   by: SooToday.com Staff

Searchmont is officially open today!

It's finally here! 
 
Open this morning at 9:30am with five runs. 
 
Peggy's Promise and The Main will be open off the Triple Chair. 
 
These are groomed with a combination of man-made and natural snow.
 
Searchmont will be opening other terrain throughout the day naturally. 
 
These will be un-groomed runs and extra care should be taken as natural and man-made hazards may be present. 
 
It should be fun!!!!

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Earlier news release

SEARCHMONT RESORT

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Searchmont set to open with record breaking snowfall

With winter finally arriving and a record breaking snowfall under its belt Searchmont is set to officially open on December 26, 2012.

The snowfall was welcomed with open arms by the resort as the anticipated opening of December 21 was pushed back due to unseasonably warm temperatures throughout December.

The recent snowfall has helped to establish a much needed base that the resort requires to operate and has been struggling to create with snowmaking over the last month due to the weather.

"Snow is being tracked out, ditches are being filled, and the forecast looks great,” says General Manager Dan Misere. "We will continue to blow snow at every available opportunity and examine the options of opening even sooner if the conditions allow us to do so.”

Searchmont will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Boxing Day until January 5, and will resume their regular schedule on January 6, 2013.

For complete details please visit www.searchmont.com

Special lift ticket pricing will remain in effect until more terrain is open:

  • Adults - $29
  • Youth (11-17), Senior (55-69) and College/University Students - $19
  • Children under 10 and Super Seniors (70+) are always free

The Backyard mini-park will also be open all day.

Check us out on Facebook for updates, special events, and promotions.

Daily updates on opening and all things Searchmont can be found by visiting www.searchmont.com.

About Searchmont

Operating for over 50 years, Searchmont is a not-for-profit organization that has an estimated annual economic impact of $5.4 million locally, and provides support for 135 local jobs.

Searchmont promotes active living through recreational, competitive, and educational programming, and is an important lure for the recruitment of professionals to the area.

Searchmont is designated as an official training centre by Alpine Ontario.

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Ms. Mc 12/21/2012 8:23:00 PM Report

wicked!
TankGirl 12/21/2012 8:32:38 PM Report

What about snowboarders?!? ;)

"Searchmont riders rejoice!"

stiJJy 12/22/2012 10:19:41 AM Report

It's sad to say but Searchmont is falling so far behind places like the Boynes, Nubs Nob, etc.

It's pretty hard to attract americans up here when the only thing to offer is the ski hill...
Ms. Mc 12/22/2012 12:33:48 PM Report

I disagree stiJJy. think Searchmont is doing great things. Keep up the good job!
Rockin 12/22/2012 12:36:04 PM Report

Isn't this a nice surprise to read, I'm very grateful that the snow has happened in the volume it fell.
The hill to me is a really special getaway for the lucky that can enjoy it...spending a day up at Searchmont is truly my highlight in life...Grew up in hard times eating puffed rice and powdered milk for cereal and Sears special skis years ago but was offered this sport thanks to a yellow ski bus that once ran on weekends from town...now over 30 years later I'm still doing it and enjoy even the week holidays given to me at work and spend them out west in the rockies skiing...
Skiing at Searchmont to me is more than just anything...it's my life.

Also to note, I've skied with people from down south of Mackinac and Sudbury area at Searchmont and their response is usually a wow...this hill is great! So it's not that people don't come here and ski...not at all.
stiJJy 12/22/2012 1:25:36 PM Report

But have you ever skied at Boyne? If you have and you think Searchmont is better, well than that's fine.

Majority of people that I talk to though much prefer the hills down south... There is more to do, restaurants around, bars, more snow, more runs, more lifts, better snowboard parks, lots of gift shops, and hotels, and villas. The general atmosphere is livelier, and there is actually a nightlife as well.

When you compare it to Searchmont, it's night and day in my opinion.

Don't get me wrong, Searchmont is a nicer hill itself, but after a day of skiing, what is there to do in the surrounding area? It's not a real tourist destination.
Ms. Mc 12/22/2012 1:48:26 PM Report

Hey stiJJy it is called driving back into town and enjoying the many restaurants the S00 has to offer. If you don't like Searchmont then move out to other places.
Ms. Mc 12/22/2012 1:48:26 PM Report

Hey stiJJy it is called driving back into town and enjoying the many restaurants the S00 has to offer. If you don't like Searchmont then move out to other places.
stiJJy 12/22/2012 1:58:25 PM Report

Whoa, hostility. I wasn't trying to argue, just stating the facts.

If you've been to both places, you'd know what I'm getting at.

Anyways, Merry Christmas!
funkywalker 12/22/2012 6:03:51 PM Report

I've been a member at Searchmont for a long time, and will remain a member there as long as I can. I love the hill and the family atmosphere, my kids can run around and play with their friends with no worry. It's a great time, and a great place to share with your family.
Zarm27 12/25/2012 12:27:37 PM Report

I always enjoyed just having hot chocolate and fries and gravy in a chalet. It's more than just skiing, it's the nostalgia of child years, the crisp fresh air, if there's fresh powder then nothing beats carving a path through it. It's a Canadian past time, and I love it, Americans probably wouldn't appreciate it.
steve930 12/26/2012 10:56:45 AM Report

usually when i go to searchmont they only have the main open.and if they do have all the hill open(rarely) its blocked off for the racers.i bet today they are gonna have a small little run down the hill but the racers will still be setting up pylons to practice on
Longlake 12/26/2012 11:21:12 AM Report

I agree with the previous comment that Searchmont is falling way behind other ski resorts in the area. While the hill itself is superior to Boyne, the fact remains that Searchmont has only been able to stay afloat through many years of government funding. It is not a sustainable business on it's own, and likely never will be. When I drive by the hill on a perfect sunny weekday in February and see hardly anyone skiing, it's apparent that people just don't go as much as they used to. Part of that is due to the deteriorating economic situation, people just don't have the cash for what is seen as a luxury.
As a taxpayer, I think that we have to step away from continuous funding of Searchmont, and let the ski hill sink or survive on it's own.
TankGirl 12/26/2012 11:33:55 AM Report

Tax payers don't fund Searchmont. Never have. There is a mortgage being held by previous owners and is being paid by operating the hill. They haven't made money but, the bills are paid. There is no money to do the improvements necessary to make it profitable. But it's coming. The heritage fund money they are trying to leverage currently, is not tax payer funded.

You should know your facts before posting misinformation.
mr.monty 12/26/2012 11:47:36 AM Report

soo city council provides the start up capital every year for searchmont. so city tax payers do support the ski hill. call city hall! skiing is a dying sport. look at all the ski hills that have closed down. 3 in our area alone.
steve930 12/26/2012 11:51:43 AM Report

i like how they have a limited time to make money roughly 3 months but they decide to close on monday,tuesdays??but they try to figure out how to make money in the summer.if i were a tourist and i rented the chalet what could i do on monday.hmm make snow bunnys.would it be nice to say have half price monday tuesdays.nothing open inside(cafateria etc) and have a basic bbq,beer coffee etc on the patio.
TankGirl 12/26/2012 2:02:49 PM Report

You are going to need to be more specific. Are you referring to the tourism dollars collected as taxes at every local hotel that is then filtered back to the city and invested back into tourism?

Or are you referring to the guarantee that is used to leverage its own loans?

http://www.city.sault-ste-marie.on.ca/contentadmin/userfiles/file/citydepartments/clerks/mediaarchive/2011/sootoday/03%2022searchmont.pdf

I don't need to call city hall, perhaps you might want to though.
TankGirl 12/26/2012 2:05:06 PM Report

Steve - they close on Mondays/Tuesdays because there isn't enough business on those days to support opening.

D you even know what it costs to turn a lift on and run it all day? I can tell you don't. And that is just one of many costs that need to be covered in order to open the doors.

steve930 12/26/2012 2:21:36 PM Report

ya thats the way to make money.close the doors.maybe they should close it wednesday and thursday also.they will really save money.good thinking.i know they made there money off of me this year by not buying a pass.last year they decided to save there money again by not opening up the rest of the hill.management said they were going to focus on the following year.cut snow making by something like half i heard.kinda screwed the pass holder like me.so i wonder how the sales are this year.
TankGirl 12/26/2012 2:31:37 PM Report

Steve wrote "ya thats the way to make money.close the doors.maybe they should close it wednesday and thursday also.they will really save money.good thinking.i know they made there money off of me this year by not buying a pass.last year they decided to save there money again by not opening up the rest of the hill.management said they were going to focus on the following year.cut snow making by something like half i heard.kinda screwed the pass holder like me.so i wonder how the sales are this year."

To that I say...

#1 - you can't make money on Mondays and Tuesdays at the hill. In fact, you lose money running lifts for very few if any people. You can make money on the other days hence why they are open the rest of the week.

#2 - the entire hill was open last year so I don't know what you are talking about. They didn't groom the quad and all skiers and snowboarders were thankful because the terrain is natural and awesome when they don't groom it. Quick making stuff up.

#3 - Snow making was reduced yes. A business decision to not lose money when we have been experiencing less than normal temperatures and go through severe melts.

I hope people don't listen to you or your opinions because they are wayyyyyy off the mark as far as accuracy. On that note, Have a great day!

stiJJy 12/26/2012 5:59:49 PM Report

Riding the arguably "better half" of the hill where the quad took you up is kind of pointless now.

First of all it takes forever to get up the double, and then when you get to the bottom you have to trek halfway across the bottom of the hill just to get back to the double again. If the quad was running, that would be one thing, but it sure feels like you're limited to the main/the few runs next to it unless you're looking to put on a lot of mileage.
Ms. Mc 12/26/2012 7:03:32 PM Report

if you don t like skiing at Searchmont then don't complain or waste your time. ski else where! Searchmont is a great place to be.
steve930 12/26/2012 11:49:50 PM Report

dont get me wrong i love the place when its open.yes going down the quad in the powder was awesome.getting back to the lift after a few times wasnt.you dont think people would go out there if it was half price or a car load sale.the insurance on the hill is already payed.did you know alot of the wednesday nights they kept the lift going for a out of town school class.if it cost alot to run why would they do that for one class?and they didnt want to advertise that they were staying open.
TankGirl 12/27/2012 12:37:56 AM Report

If you love the place then support it instead of criticizing as if you know how to run the hill better. So far you have shown you would sink the place in a month with your "solutions".

Yeah walking from the quad isn't ideal but, it doesn't happen all year and is justified in the reasoning behind selectively running it.

They didn't keep the hill open for just a class!! Every year for as long as I have been riding there they have schools such as Laurentian make a trip here for 3-4 days. They pay for villas, food, rentals and more. And they get the main only at night, not the whole hill. Look at it as them renting the main. Which anyone can do if they have the money. And, the indoor staff is cut to bare minimum at night when the school is there cutting hill costs to make the school visits profitable. If they had to staff for full operations it would become unprofitable. Get it? It's a business.

If it is profitable or at least break even, they will do it wether its running the quad lift or the main at night for a visiting University.

Just stop complaining and check your info before you spread rumours like this. It doesn't help the hill if people see its own locals not supporting it.
steve930 12/27/2012 12:51:45 AM Report

so i take it sales are doing really good then
crashed13 12/27/2012 8:40:12 AM Report

I guit skiing years ago when the day pass was raised to $50, plus the drive there and back.
Its pretty bad when it cost the same or more to ski for a day as snowmobile.
There $29 fee is a reduced fee because all the runs are not open yet.

I always thought 5 people paying $25 a day was better then 1 person paying $50.
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