Thursday, February 2, 2012

I've never met a rodent I would trust.

It's groundhog day, the day when a forecast for the remainder of the season is made by a rodent.

There are a number of so called winter predicting Groundhogs across the land sleeping in burrows and there are crowds of folks who eagerly gather around these burrows each February 2nd waiting for these animals to wake up, go outside to stretch, and either stare dumbfounded into the bright lights of the television cameras and crowds of people....or panic and scurry back into their holes, supposedly alarmed by the sight of their own shadow.

...and collectively, we seem to place trust in what this animal has "told" us with it's actions. 

The actions and therefore "prediction" of these ground hogs often varies from location to location....but if I were forced to take the "word" of one of these rodents, I'm going to go with Punxsutawney Phil this year.



Are you passionate about skiing or snowboarding at Brimacombe? Tell us why you "Belong at the Brim", you could win the opportunity to represent the slopes you love!

Tell us why you belong at the Brim — either in writing, by video, or through an original piece of art — by February 15 at 4:00 p.m. and not only can you win some awesome free swag, but also the opportunity to become an ambassador of Brimacombe, including a free season pass for the 2012/13 season!

Please scroll down or click the links below for contest details...

How to Enter
What You Could Win!
Important Dates
The Ground Rules


Please submit one of the following:

1. a story, poem or other type of written work

- 500 words or less
- Optional - 1 photo, including a description of no more then 25 words

Submission Options:

a) submit an electronic copy by email to
b) submit an electronic copy on a CD in person to the Main Office in the East Chalet
c) Handwritten or printed copies will be accepted by special permission only. Please speak to Teresa, 905-983-7669 ext, 286 to make arrangements.

2. a video

- 3 minutes or less
- if you choose, a written description that is 100 words or less

Submission Options:

a) submit an electronic copy by email to If the video is too large to attach to an email, please upload the video to and email the link
b) submit an electronic copy on a CD in person to the Main Office in the East Chalet

3. a piece of artwork with a description

- an original piece of art, plus a written piece, no more then 100 words, describing why the artwork is symbolic.

Submission Options:
Please submit artwork and description in person to Brimacombe’s Main Office in the East Chalet


First Place

•2012/13 Season Pass
•Brimacombe Swag Bag
•5 free lift tickets to hand out as an “ambassador” of the ski area
•participation in a photo shoot, with photos to be used in some of Brimacombe’s 2012/13 marketing material

Second Place

•$100 Brimacombe Gift Card
•Brimacombe Swag Bag
•2 free lift tickets
•Opportunity to participate in a photo shoot. Photos may be used in some of Brimacombe’s 2012/13 marketing material

Third Place

•Brimacombe Swag Bag
•2 free lift tickets
•Opportunity to participate in a photo shoot. Photos may be used in some of Brimacombe’s 2012/13 marketing material


Feb. 15: All entries must be received on or before Feb. 15, 2012 at 4:00 p.m.

Feb. 17 to 24: It’s your turn to vote! The top 10 entries, as selected by the judging committee, will be posted online and the public will be given the opportunity to vote on their favourite entries

Feb. 25: Winners will officially be announced at the 75th Birthday Bash & Reunion Party


By submitting an entry to the I Belong at the Brim 75th Anniversary Contest, you imply consent to and compliance with the following ground rules:

1. Only one submission per person will be accepted, all others will be discarded.
2. Employees of Brimacombe are permitted to submit an entry, but are not eligible to win.
3. You hereby grant Brimacombe license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, distribute and sub-license any and all material or information submitted to Brimacombe by e-mail, in person and/or in relation to the I belong at the Brim 75th Anniversary Contest.
4. All material submitted to Brimacombe may or will be published for the public to see.
5. All entries must be original or credit must be given to the appropriate party, with written consent from the owner.
6. Any plagiarized submissions will be discarded immediately and further submissions will not be accepted.
TIP: Be sure that all components of your submission are your original creation—even the audio portion. For example, if you use an audio track of a sound recording owned by a record label without that record label's permission, your video may be infringing the copyrights of others, and may be subject to removal. YouTube offers a library of authorized music to liven up your video. It is probably a good idea to take advantage of it.
7. Brimacombe will not accept any unlawful, threatening, abusive, obscene, vulgar, profane or indecent entries of any kind.
8. Brimacombe will review submissions before they are posted and may refuse to post any submission.
9. Brimacombe reserves the right to remove any submission at anytime.
10. Photo & Video Release:
By submitting content or material you consent to photographs/video being taken of you during your participation in the I belong at the Brim 75th Anniversary Contest and at Oshawa Ski Club O/A Brimacombe, as well as to the publication of the photographs/video by Brimacombe for advertising, promotional and marketing purposes.
You also release Brimacombe from any liability by virtue of any blurring, distortion, alteration, optical illusion, or use in composite form, whether intentional or otherwise which may occur or be produced in the taking of said picture or video and the publication thereof.
You also waive any right that you may have to inspect and/or approve the finished product that may be used in connection therewith or the use to which it may be applied.
11. If you are submitting content or material containing photographs/videos of persons other than yourself, you are responsible for getting consent from those individuals to use their image and/or likeness.
By submitting content or material containing photographs/videos of persons other than yourself, you imply consent from those parties to Brimacombe’s Photo & Video Release, accept responsibility for the use of their image and/or likeness and release Brimacombe from responsibility for acquiring consent from all third-parties.

All material submitted must follow the set rules above or submissions will not be accepted.



Have you been waiting for the perfect time to buy some new ski or snowboard gear? Enjoy savings up to 50% on a wide selection of skis, snowboards, poles, underwear and outerwear!

Only at Brimacombe's Slopeside Retail Store.

10% on Ski Poles

20% on Long Underwear

30% on Snowboards and Bindings

40% on Skis and Bindings

50% on Jackets and Pants

Now also in store are our commemorative 75th Anniversary pins, as well as Brimacombe travel mugs, baseball caps and more!

Brimacombe's Slopeside Retail Store
via Gate 4, 4098 Durham Road 9, Orono
t: (905) 983-7669 ext. 226

Please note: Discounts cannot be combined with any other offers.
All discounts based on Manufacturers Suggested Retail Price (MSL)

The weather guessers are telling us to prepare for colder temperatures tonight. If they are correct we will be firing up the snowmaking system to continue to build up our base depth, touch up some terrain and work towards opening more runs.

It's hard to believe that it's February...we have battled late March temperatures to date but make no mistake, the slopes of Brimacombe have ample snow coverage for your enjoyment. Winter is short enough as it is, don't waste another day...join us for some "down time" at the Brim.