Tuesday, December 18, 2012

All eyes on the weather, Opening soon!

Out here at the Brim all eyes are on the weather. Our excitement is high as we wait patiently to open our brand new Leitner Poma quad chairlift with a loading conveyor but our focus is watching for any and all opportunities to fire up our snowmaking system again.

Our crew have been hard at work with the intent of maximizing every opportunity they can to fire up the system to get you on the slopes as soon as possible. To date we have had the opportunity to deliver 2 million usg of water to our system to be converted to snow, however the lack of snowmaking weather (-3 wet bulb and below), marginal temperatures and high humidity when we could start up have been a real burden to our efforts. Add to this, we have received a number of days of rain this December which have also taken a toll on our snow reserves. Saying that, we have produced some good sized piles on the following trails; Standard, Bambi, Bunny Blvd, Piggy Bank (beginner terrain park) and the Vault (terrain park) with the intent of opening Standard, Bambi and the Piggy Bank terrain park first while we continue to work on providing terrain for all of our patrons, programs and terrain park users.

We are always very careful about announcing anticipated opening dates, therefore I write the following with the caveat that everything is weather and snow production dependant;

We are targeting Monday December 24, 2012, from 9am to 3:30pm as opening day! 

Weather permitting we plan to make snow straight through Saturday and Sunday spreading out our piles as soon as the temperature drops to snowmaking temperatures. Our intent is to open the Standard and Bambi runs as well as the expanded beginner terrain park Piggy Bank.

The following is our tentative operational schedule through the holiday season;
Mon Dec 24     9am to 3:30pm  CHRISTMAS EVE –CLOSE AT 3:30pm
Tues Dec 25    CLOSED
Wed Dec 26      9am to 4:30pm
Thurs Dec 27    9am to 4:30pm, 4:30pm to 10pm
Fri Dec 28          9am to 4:30pm, 4:30pm to 10pm
Sat Dec 29         9am to 4:30pm, 4:30pm to 10pm
Sun Dec 30        9am to 4:30pm
Mon Dec 31       9am to 3:30pm
Tues Jan 1          9am to 4:30pm
Wed Jan 2          9am to 4:30pm, 4:30pm to 10pm
Thurs Jan 3        9am to 4:30pm, 4:30pm to 10pm
Fri Jan 4              9am to 4:30pm, 4:30pm to 10pm

Our regular season operational hours are scheduled to  begin Jan 5, 2013

Looking ahead at some important dates...

Night school visits start the week of January 8th, 2013
8 week lesson programs start Wed Jan 9, 2013 (first weekend Jan 12-13, 2013)
Pee Wee Ski Camp begins Jan 19-20, 2013 and runs for 6 weeks
Family Day Feb 18, 2013
March Break Fri Mar. 8, 2013 to Friday Mar. 15th 2013

For a complete list of events and details see our Event Calendar and News feed at www.Brimacombe.ca 

Over the past few months we have updated our faithful members and followers of all the excitement taking place out here at the Brim. We took on two major projects this summer with the end goal being improved services and guest experience. The most visible and obvious investment is of course our new chair lift "Main street". This lift is one of four lifts in Ontario that have the added twist of a conveyor system installed in the loading area to ease the process of loading, which in turn reduces slow downs and stops related to incidents in the loading area. The conveyor reduces the differential speed between the passenger and the moving chair giving a similar effect to having the chair slowed for every passenger while in reality the lift remains at its normal operating speed. In some ways the loading experience will be similar to loading a detachable high speed lift. A set of loading gates stops the passengers at the loading area entrance point and once the chair ahead passes, these gates open allowing the group of riders to move ahead into the loading area, or in this case onto the conveyor. The conveyor carries all four passengers standing side by side at an equal speed towards the loading point. The chair lift itself is travelling at a greater speed than the conveyor and as the passengers arrive at the loading point the carrier (chair) has approached from behind and is timed to meet the group of passenger at a precise location every time! The result is less struggle for young or new riders to get to the loading point in time, as well as a gentler load for passengers as a whole. It has been estimated that a loading conveyor installed on a fixed grip lift can result in an increased uphill capacity of 25% or more...and that means shorter lines and more runs for all of us!

Here are a few shots of the conveyor loader in the construction process...

We are pretty excited to be one of only four resorts in Ontario to have a loading conveyor and we are sure you will find this lift to be a fantastic addition to our facility.

You may have already seen our construction slide shows, but if you haven't you can check them out here;

Part One

Part Two

Part Three in production!


We receive a lot of feed back on Facebook about our decisions of which runs or terrain to open first.  I want to assure everyone that we carefully consider the needs of the mass of our membership and interest groups. The Terrain Parks are VERY important to us and we work hard to get them open as fast as possible however we must also have terrain available to our general membership and guests. Brimacombe is blessed to have a number of programs and facilities that cater to a broad range of interests, from freestyle terrain to our lesson programs and racing clubs we work hard to provide a balanced approach to providing the terrain required. 

If you haven't already heard we have re branded our terrain parks for the 2012-2013 season! Our Main terrain park becomes the VAULT (because it's where we keep our jewels!) and our relocated and expanded beginner park becomes the PIGGY BANK! (see what we did there?)
As in years past we will once again be adding to our roster of features in our terrain parks. From new "dance floors" for our Piggy Bank beginner park to an exciting addition we are working on securing for our main park, we are dedicated to providing top rated Freestyle terrain at Brimacombe!
The Piggy Bank "Dance Floors"...

You will also notice a few other tweaks to our trail system on the east side. As mentioned the Piggy Bank beginner terrain park has been relocated and is now on the lower section of Park Ave. where all traffic from Park Ave. and Pete's Elbow previously led guests to the bottom of the Boulevard Chair (previously known as the Standard chair). This allowed for easier access of the loading area of the new Main Street chair lift for all beginner guests and in turn allowed us to create a slightly bigger beginner terrain park with more suitable terrain.
In order to reduce traffic flow restrictions in the lower half of Bunny Blvd. and the exit of the Vault terrain park, we opened up the tree line separating the Standard and Bunny Blvd. runs in this area. This allows skiers and snowboarders on Bunny Blvd. to travel westward into the wider Standard run towards the bottom of the Main Street chair.


Brimacombe is pleased to be taking part in a pilot safety initiative called PACE PENGUIN.
 The objective of this program is to help reduce the risk of injury to young children in downhill sports by educating children, parents and fellow skiers/snowboarders.

This program is designed to not only address several of the known risk factors for children, but contribute to an overall positive experience for families. Early research indicates the PACE program has outstanding positive influence on parents’ resort selection. By helping children to have a safe and fun experience, we hope that today’s "little penguins" will grow into safe, dedicated life-long skiers and snowboarders, who will in turn, introduce their children to downhill sports.
Our SNOWSMART - PACE PENGUIN PROGRAM launch date is set for December 27, 2012!

For more information click on this link... http://www.pacepenguin.com/


If you are anything like me, you still have Christmas shopping to do (or start). Our retail store is open everyday leading up to Christmas day 11am to 5pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm weekends, Christmas eve day will be open the same hours as our operations. Once operational the store hours will follow our operational hours.

Check out all of our available gear in our Slopeside Catalogue available online here http://www.brimacombe.ca/rentals_retail/proshop/catalogue

Don't forget, ALL MONEY SPENT HERE STAYS HERE! Slopeside Skis and Boards is owned by Brimacombe (your club!) and all profits are directed right back into the operations of this facility. ONE LOCATION ONLY, at the BASE of BRIMACOMBE! 


From all of us at Brimacombe, we wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes in the new Year...Paradise is coming soon,