Ski hills cheer extension of wintry weather

You may be dreading the snow that's forecast for tomorrow but ski enthusiasts will be cheering an extension to the season they love.

From natural snow back in November to ideal chilly, sunny weather most of February conditions have been perfect all season long for hitting the slopes.

And it's been great for business at Ottawa area ski hills. Calabogie Peaks owner and president Paul Murphy says regulars have been out in full force.

"For the ski enthusiasts it's joyful to be able to see so many lovely days back to back just continuing to deliver great conditions," he said, adding they've also seen more beginners and families this year than ever before.

It's also been a good year for Ottawa skiers visiting the hill, a growing trend he's seen over the last three or four years as people begin to realize his slopes make up the largest ski hill in the province.

Closer to town at Mont Cascades, though, this winter wasn't a record season.

Vice president and general manager Luc Desormeaux said this winter wasn't actually better than the 2012-2013 season, until now. That's mostly because the cold kept some people away.

He said the two March Break holidays, one in Ontario and one in Quebec, were great for bringing families to the hill.

Now that there is more snow and extended cool temperatures on the way Desormeaux said he's hopeful they'll make up some of the losses from the deep cold.

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