Omineca Ski Club is optimistic the currently low snow level will increase so it can offer its usual ski events. (Lakes District News file photo)

Omineca Ski Club is optimistic the currently low snow level will increase so it can offer its usual ski events. (Lakes District News file photo)

Low snow level raises concern over ski season in Burns Lake

Old Man Winter’s official arrival in Burns Lake is just a few days away, but he might’ve forgotten his snow at home.

Since the temperature has regularly dipped below zero here there has been little snow to go with it, raising some concerns over when winter sports can begin.

“We’re a little anxious because if there’s no snow then no one skis,” Allison Patch, treasurer with the Omineca Ski Club told Lakes District News.

“It’s unusual that we’re to the middle of December and we haven’t seen much [snow],” Patch said, adding that the club hasn’t been able to use the grooming machine on the trails because of the lack of snow.

Early sign up for ski club memberships is also lower than it usually is.

However, Patch is optimistic that enough snow will eventually fall and said she has never seen a green Christmas while she has lived in the area.

Omineca plans to press on with its first event of the year the Candy Cane Ski on Dec. 23.

“It’s a family thing and there’s candy canes hanging from the trees on the trails and the point is to go and find them. And there’s a little potluck after that, of appetizers. There should be snow by then and they won’t need a lot of snow [anyways],” Patch said.

Snow levels are expected to rise by January, when the club will host the first kids ski lesson on Jan. 6.

The first race is due to be held at the beginning of February.

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