The 2017-2018 Season has come to an end, and what a season it has been! The Resort was lucky enough to have amazing conditions all year, which allowed the hill to stay open an extra 3 weeks beyond the projected closing date.
The early cold temperatures and abundant natural snowfall in December and January allowed the facility to open quickly, and provided epic conditions until the very last day of the season on April 22nd. The 2017-2018 season finished with 76 operational days, which is 10 extra days compared to the 16-17 season and 32 extra days compared to the 15-16 season.
The quality of the snow this year was exceptional, and skiers and snowboarders had a great time playing in the new Terrain Park features, exploring the expanded glade areas and carving perfect corduroy runs. Local Businesses showed tremendous support throughout the year and continued their support the last 3 weeks to help Searchmont prolong the season.
“We are very pleased with the conditions we provided at the Resort this season. Our Outside Operations Manager- Chris Greensted, and his Team, put in an amazing effort and the results were simply incredible. ” Colin Wilson- General Manager
Searchmont Resort hosted many events over the course of this season, including three major Ski Races, one of which was a Provincial Championship, which brought Racers from across the Province to Sault Ste Marie.
Searchmont continued its agreements with Algoma University, Sault College and Lake Superior State University (LSSU) and approximately 2500 students from these schools visited Searchmont Resort during the 2017-18 season.
The facility hosted thousands of happy visitors from different locations across Canada and the U.S, and Staff are excited to say that skier visits increased 27% compared to last year, with visitors coming all the way from Sudbury, Southern Ontario, Michigan and Wisconsin. In addition to visits, the season pass memberships have also experienced considerable growth, with an increase of 50% over the previous season.
“Searchmont is a Family Resort, and we are definitely experiencing a surge from young families in our season pass sales. This is a positive indicator that our customers are making active living a priority and that skiing and snowboarding is part of that process” Colin Wilson- General Manager
“The collaborative effort from the Community, Funding Agencies, The Sault Ste Marie Economic Development Corporation and local businesses has been critical in bringing the Operation into a profitable position, and we are continuing to make incremental improvements to strengthen the business model and establish strategic partnerships.
We would like to thank everyone who supported us this season, and we are excited for the future of this valuable community asset. ” Tyler Epp – President of Searchmont Ski Association Inc.