Thursday, December 31, 2015

Opening Day is Tuesday, January 5, 2016!

Are you ready to ski or snowboard? We sure are, we just need Mother Nature to wake up and get back to her day job!

While Mother has been difficult to work with this December, this past week has been quite positive for us in the snowmaking department. With some snowmaking temperatures, we’ve been able to blast out some white gold in addition to receiving our first decent natural snowfall on Monday night.

That being said, it’s not always easy to predict Orono’s temperatures. Just like any other area controlled by lake-effect (or any location on planet Earth, for that matter) we’re subject to ups and downs in temperature and weather patterns. To our benefit, often when it’s raining in Oshawa, it’s snowing here in Orono. And moving northward the temperature often continues to drop. Unfortunately that means that while we might have cool temperatures here, putting us on the verge of making snow, other areas are a degree or two colder and into more solid snowmaking temperatures.

While the cold weather was off to a rocky start in December, we have full confidence that January will bring about excellent ski/snowboard-worthy conditions.

With Mother Nature’s recent whims, we want to ensure we give the public a great experience on opening day. This is why we’re officially announcing Tuesday, January 5, as our first day of skiing and snowboarding for the public with full regular season operational hours! We have great snowmaking weather coming up this weekend, which will set us up for an opening day on Tuesday. As we write this, Sunday is forecasted to bring temperatures of -3°(with a low of -14°) and Monday -9° (with a low of -15).

While we’re able to blow snow at -3°, the amount and quality produced at this temperature is much poorer than that of -9°(with the same amount of water). Simply said, colder temperatures on Sunday will make for a much better opening day on Tuesday. PLUS it’s supposed to be sunny and only -4°!

Beginner Lift Ticket is valid for use of Magic Carpet lift
servicing Bambi run. Be sure to check out Brimacombe's 2016 Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month deals and promotions for some other great lift ticket deals that coincide with opening week, including some $5 Beginner Lift Ticket days and Family Night!

For the latest updates stay tuned to this revived At The Brim Blog,, Facebook and/or Twitter!

We have a lot to look forward to with the upcoming month. January 2016 is Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month here at Brimacombe. This month-long event is aimed at encouraging families to get off the couch and onto the slopes of Brimacombe. We have tons of events, promotions and deals happening right through the entire month. There’s definitely something for everyone!

The beginning of the month kicks off with $5 beginner lift tickets on Tuesday, January 5 and Thursday, January 7, 2016. These lift tickets (Bambi run and Magic Carpet access only) are good for individuals who are brand new to the sport and want to get a taste of on-hill sports. This deal is also available on January 14, 15, 19, 20, 27 and 29, 2016.

Some other highlights of Learn to Ski and Snowboard Month include Oakley Demo Day and Family Nights on Saturday, January 9 and January 22. On the evening of Saturday, January 16 and January 30, 2016, you can also purchase two of Brimacombe’s Discover Skiing & Snowboarding Packages for the price of one!

Plus, throughout January (as well as the rest season), Brimacombe will be offering $25 weekday lift tickets. These lift tickets are valid Tuesday through Fridays from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

For further details on Learn to Ski & Snowboard Month events and promotions at Brimacombe, visit:

With a fun-filled and jam-packed month ahead, January is sure to be a great! With that said, we’d love to see you out here on opening day. Just in case you need it, we’re providing you with a Dr. Brim doctor’s note to get you out of work. Tell your boss that you have a really bad case of the Brimacombe blues!

Operational hours for Tuesday, January 5, 2016 are 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. (full regular season hours).
Opening Week lift ticket rates - $25 (before taxes) 
For a complete list of Brimacombe's operational hours for January, please visit,

And, don't forget you can get more updates on our Facebook and Twitter feeds!

Have a safe and happy New Year!


The Brimacombe Team

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Finally, SNOW!

Well, good news folks! The snow is finally here. Last night Mother Nature delivered, bringing with her a few inches of the white stuff!

And thanks to the sustained cold temperatures, this past weekend, we were able to get our guns up and running again. In fact, we had a total of 40 guns blasting at full capacity just yesterday. Bring on the snow!

A view of Brimacombe's Standard run taken Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

Solid snow making temperatures are expected for the rest of the week, beginning again on Thursday, when our team will crank the guns up again in preparation for opening day.

With optimal snow making temperatures predicted in the long-term forecast, we are pushing hard to open this Saturday, January 2, but we’ll be sure to keep you in the loop with any new updates via Facebook, Twitter and You can also keep an eye on our web cams and watch us continue to deliver snow onto the slopes.

Brimacombe Web Cam View #1 - Standard/Bambi Run
Brimacombe Snow School's eight-week lessons are still a go for their original start dates.  If for some reason we are forced to delay the start dates by a week, the whole program would simply shift a week later; however, as mentioned, at this time we don’t anticipate this being an issue. Again, any updates will be available via our website and social media channels.

So, lets continue to cross our (soon to be chilly) fingers and toes and keep doing a little snow dance for Mother Nature!

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See you on the slopes!

The Brimacombe Team

Friday, December 18, 2015


Where's all the snow? When are you opening? Two questions all avid winter-lovers across Ontario are asking lately, including Brimacombe's more than 150,000 dedicated members and annual visitors.

Well, we at Brimacombe are working on it. Our team is working hard and the guns are ready, now let's all cheer on Mother Nature to put some chill in her step and do a little snowdance while we're at it (see this inspirational snowdance video if you're feeling unenthused).

With a few dips in the upcoming forecast, we are prepped and ready to make snow every chance we get -- and, with new, state-of-art snowmaking equipment in place for the 2015/16 season, we will be able to produce snow on the slopes faster than ever before (we literally have 50 snowguns lining the trails, waiting to go!)

Unfortunately, due to the current weather conditions, we have officially cancelled our Christmas Camps, which originally were to be held from December 21/15 to January 3/16. But don't fret, we are still offering our PA Day Camp on January 22, 2016.

The great news is Brimacombe Snow School's eight-week lessons are still a go on their original start date. If for some reason we are forced to delay the start dates by a week, the whole program would simply shift a week later, and we would be sure to let you know via the website and social media channels.

In exciting and more snowy news...back by popular demand, Brimacombe will be hosting its #SendMeSnow contest for the second year in a row -- offering one lucky household the promise of snow, just in time for the holidays! The winner of this one-of-a-kind contest will receive up to 25 yards of snow spread across their front lawn on December 23, 2015. Rest assured, the (perspectively) small amount of snow that will be dumped on one winner's front lawn will not affect the opening day of Brimacombe in any way. 

Click here to learn more about getting snow delivered to your front lawn and keep an eye on our webcams and watch for us to deliver snow on the slopes as soon as the temperatures drop!
PLUS stayed tuned to our social media platforms and website for upcoming news throughout the near future.