Happy Long Weekend!

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We start with a bonus day Friday Feb. 15th and Night skiing 6:30 – 10 pm with great deals on our Family Fun Package!  Then Sat. & Sunday 10 am – 5 pm.  Try a pair of snowshoes and channel your inner Coer de Bois (Voyager).  Lots of snow and great trekking around Stony!  Monday is Louis Riel Day and we are open.  What a great way to celebrate than order that Large Poutine!  Only 6 more weeks of winter- gotta do it!

Happy New Year Stay Warm!

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WE will be closed Dec. 31st and January 1st due to extreme windchills!  Stay warm welcoming in 2019.  See you January 2nd when it is a lot warmer!

 

Heather, Gary, Camryn & Team Stony

Handle tow Back in Operation

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Yay Gary!  The handle tow motor was diagnosed as terminal so Gary had IPS fly in new motor form Toronto, adapt it and put it up tonight!  All ready for the warmer weather!  See you out on the slopes…..we’re getting too old for this!  LOL!

30 years ago Gary and Heather Opened Stony Mountain Ski Area for their first season.

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December 22, 1988- The Dewars had purchased Stony from the Hinckel Family.  December 22 was the big day-they opened for their first season!  Now 30 years later we are still going having added runs to the ski area, upgraded the snowmaking and grooming,  And finally embracing the sport of snowboarding.  Camryn joined the Team in 2000 and is a vital part of the partnership.  She gets far more snow time than Gary & Heather do.  What will the next 30 years hold-not sure but we have been proud to be a vital part of the local community and have employed more than 600 young people in 30 years.  Over 500,000 skiers and snowboarders have played on our hills over the years.

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  • 10 days before Christmas eve and we are frantically working at Stony getting snow made, staff trained and hired, Camryn through her final exams at U of M and the bombardier working.  Big Bunny and the handle tow will be open this Saturday (or that is the plan).  We always laugh a bit when people ask how come it is taking so long?  Well here are a few statistics/logistics for you:
  • Number of hours of snowmaking to open all runs:  500
  • Hours of pushing snow man made snow to open runs and lifts – 85 -number of machine operators- 1 Senior Citizen 🙂
  • Bombardier maintenance/repair time- 98 hours
  • percentage of snow that is natural 1%
  • number of snowmaking crew 2.5
  • Age of primary employees/owners 66 & 59

Mother Nature is being especially trying this year and the Bombardier is old which requires careful nursing and support.  We love our customers and snow!  It is our 30th year of owning and operating Stony but every year our aches and pains, and health issues remind us that we aren’t getting any younger. 🙂  Yesterday Gary noticed a wheel on the bombardier had a bearing issue so Heather had to put on her mechanic’s helper clothes and be his mechanics helper to get the track apart. Good thing for the farm and driving old car background.

Thank you to Amin Omer-mechanic extraordinaire who helped us with machining parts and figuring out we are missing one crucial part-a wheel spacer..  We now are waiting for Air Canada to fly in the part from Calgary this am so Gary and I can finish fixing Bombi and he can finish pushing snow, groom, and get up the handle tow.

So if you are waiting an extra day to hear back from us or the website isn’t quite up to date- we will get to it.  After we crawl out from under the Bombardier!

Winter’s not over until someone gets wet! Slush Cup this Sunday April 15th

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That’s right we will be open this Sunday 11 am – 5 pm.  Both lifts will be operating -all runs open. Sleep in rate for lift tickets and rentals all day.

 

What is Slush Cup?  It is one of the rites of spring- snowboarders and skiers try to make their way across the pond of water that Team Stony makes at the bottom of the bunny hill.  The results are hilarious & fun for the participants!  Remember to pack extra clothes! Other customers can still use the bunny hill & do not have to go in the pond-it is fun to watch though!

We have prizes courtesy of Oakley Optical, Sampsons and Boarder’s Anonymous.  Prizes for best costume, biggest splash and artistic merit 🙂

 

  • Note we won’t be open Saturday-have parenting to do- Camryn is competing/singing in the Rockwood Music Festival in Stonewall 10 am – 5 pm so we’ll just be open for the LAST Day of the Season on Sunday!

Happy Easter

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Spring time- or is it that time yet?  Due to the -16C at night and below daytime temps we will be closed March 30-April 1st.  Camps are cancelled.  Sorry!  With the cold at night and below daytime temps we can’t even try to groom.  So have Happy Easter and we hope to be open next weekend for one last weekend.  Slush Cup will happen next weekend- time and details will be updated.  Stay tuned.

Stony Mountain Ski Area Awarded Best in Snow by Liftopia for Top Best Value Ski Area

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Stony Mountain Ski Area has been recognized as #7 Top Best Value Ski Area in Mid-Western North America. Stony received national recognition in the 2017-18 Best in Snow Awards, Powered By Liftopia.

Honouring ski resorts across North America, Liftopia — the largest online and mobile marketplace for lift tickets and mountain activities — announced the 2017-18 Best in Snow Awards.. The awards bring uber-local, relevant and must-know intel to beginning skiers as well as ski and snowboard aficionados. Unlike other ski awards, the Best in Snow Awards is the only ranking that calculates survey feedback from thousands of skiers and snowboarders and incorporates the largest dataset in the industry to determine the ski areas consumers are most passionate about. Winners are ranked and divided among seven categories for regions including the Northeast, West Coast, High West, Southeast and Midwest.

Stony Mountain Ski Area is thrilled to have been awarded a Best in Snow Award for Best Value.  “Liftopia surveyed our customers and noted how passionate they are about our ski area and services and they appreciate the value they get, ” said Camryn Dewar co-owner and snowschool director “It is a great accolade as we celebrate our 50th Season.”

“Skiers are by nature adventurous and today’s travelers are looking for the new, the interesting, the unknown areas to vacation. By measuring customers passion for their favorite areas, The Best in Snow Awards give consumers an opportunity to see which ski areas may become their next new favourite. Our method ensures a level playing field for ski areas of all sizes and brings skiers lesser known ski areas in addition to the larger ones we already know and love,” said Evan Reece, co-founder and CEO of Liftopia.

Methodology and the complete list of winners in the 2017-18 Liftopia Best in Snow Awards can be found here.

The Dewars have owned and operated Stony Mountain Ski Area for 30 years and have focused on making it Family Friendly. Stony was also the first ski area in Manitoba to embrace Snowboarding and certify snowboard instructors. Stony plans on being open until the end of March and have snowboard and ski camps for Good Friday.  The annual Slush Cup will take place Saturday March 31st.

 

Stony Mountain Ski Area is located 8 miles north of Winnipeg and is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this season.  They offer a full service rental shop and snow school.  The terrain park is the best in the province offering rails, table tops, a ¼ pipe wall and numerous other jumps for the riders.

Season Update March 14th

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As the Season Winds-down we would like to thanks everyone for a great 29th season for the Dewar Family and 50th for Stony Mountain Ski Area. Thursday night skiing/riding is over for this year and we are playing Friday nights by ear and Mother Nature. We will have night riding this Friday March 16 and stay tuned for updates for next Friday. We have one more bonus day slated for Wed. March 21. We will not be hosting a Rail Comp this year-just due to the amount of resources it takes. We will be having the Slush Cup but that is TBA subject to weather. We hope to be open for Good Friday on March 30th and that will be the end of another season here at Stony. Stay tuned for updates!

2018 Olympics Go Canada!

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Yes we have Olympic fever here at Stony!  McMorris was amazing and was just edged out of silver by team mate Max Parrot. What a comeback story Check out the CBC video of McMorris’ back country accident and his recovery

Shaun White put down some amazing runs and Chloe Kim- what a teenage phenom!  Freestyle skiing saw Mikael Kingsbury get gold. Justine Dufour-Lapointe made my knees hurt watching her conquer silver in the Moguls. Congrats also to Laurie Blouin who got silver in women’s Slopestyle and stayed on course despite the tremendous winds that seem to dominate Pyeongchang.  Still waiting for the downhill skiing events.  Gary and I attended the 1988 Olympics in Calgary and that fall we bought Stony Mountain Ski Area.  An Olympic inspired purchase-not sure.

 

To track the Canadians

 

 

 

Happy New YearQ

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We will be closed December due to the high wind chills but we are making snow and will be open January 1st from noon-1 pm! Warm weather in the forecast next week and there is still room in our ski and snowboard camps!

Have a safe, warm and Happy New Year!  See you in 2018!

Heather, Gary & Camryn

Happy New Year!

Cold Weather in Forecast Christmas Week

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Cold weather  is forecast all week.  Great for snowmaking not so much for learning to ski or snowboard.  We will be closed Boxing Day due to the severe windchills.  We are taking it day by day so check back for updates.  When deciding to close for the day we look at windchill, wind and the cold.  NO set rule more just the common sense factor.

 

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We had Gary’s Family over and his Mom Kay is 95 and amazing!

 

Stay tuned for updates.

Stony Opening Sunday Nov. 19th! Earliest Opening EVER!

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HI,  the recent cold weather has allowed us to make enough snow to open Sunday Nov. 19th 10 am – 5 pm.  Rope tow operating and Dropzone and Camrun’s will be open.  There will be a few features set up-blue tubes, Dragon and some rails.  The table (a small version) will be open.   Rentals will not be available on Sunday but there will be poutine!  We hope to open Big Bunny by December 2nd.

Did you miss it?

Holiday Camps Register Now

Great gift ideas for that hard to buy for person-all of our products and lessons can be purchased as a Gift card.

Give us a call or email us or register online!  Snowmaking starting up again tonight-stay tuned for updates!

Gift ideas for the holidays!

10 cm of Snow So Far at Stony!

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Thank you Mother Nature!  10 cm of snow has already fallen at Stony and we hope to start making snow Sunday or Monday!  The season will soon be here!  Check out our product pages and register for lessons, buy your season pass or do some early Christmas shopping!  We will be posting pictures of the snow and count down the days until Opening Day!

Tips for What to Bring

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skis[1]Here is our list of recommended items for you to bring skiing or snowboarding in order to guarantee a fun first day on the slopes.

  • Hat – if your head is warm the rest of you is likely to stay warm.
  • Waterproof Gloves/Mittens – mittens are warmest. For the tow rope the best is leather garbage mitts or glove protectors on your regular mitts. Both are available at our rental shop for sale.
  • Goggles/Sunglasses – Goggles are strongly recommended on cold or snowy days for warmth and increased visibility.
  • Jacket/Parka (water resistant)
  • Synthetic or wool base layers for top & bottom – it’s better to be warm than cold, you can always shed layers. Synthetic materials help to wick moisture away from your skin. Once again, do not wear cotton as a base layer.
  • Snow/Water resistant pants – very important, your 1st day will acquaint your butt to the snow, keep it warm & dry.
  • Warm, dry socks – No cotton. Wear only one pair of socks.
  • ID, Wallet, Cash
  • Extra Clothes – to change into when you’re all done, in order to go out and celebrate your 1st day.
  • Equipment – If you decide not to rent, bring skis, ski boots, and poles; or a snowboard and snowboard specific boots.

 

Tips for Your First Day

Xmas_2009_edited-2[1]Take a lesson! Like anything, you’ll improve the most when you receive some guidance. The best way to become a good skier or snowboarder is to take a lesson from one of our qualified instructors. You’ll safely learn more in a 1 hour lesson than you will all day on your own. Try one of our Discover Snowboarding or Skiing Programs. They include lesson, lift and equipment. Our Holiday Camps are also a great way to learn!

  • Obtain proper equipment. Be sure to have your ski or snowboard bindings adjusted correctly. You can rent quality ski or snowboarding equipment at Stony.
  • Dress in layers. Layering allows you to accommodate your body’s constantly changing temperature. For example, dress in polypropylene underwear (top and bottoms), which feels good next to the skin, dries quickly, absorbs sweat and keeps you warm. Wear a turtleneck, sweater and jacket.
  • Be prepared. Mother Nature has a mind of her own. Bring a headband or hat with you to the slopes, 60 percent of heat-loss is through the head. Wear gloves or mittens (mittens are usually better for those susceptible to cold hands).
  • Know your limits. Learn to ski and snowboard in control.
  • If you’re tired, stop skiing. Stop before you become fatigued. Injuries usually result from fatigue. Have a seat and enjoy the people around you. Most of all, have fun.