Manic Monday – Lucky Seven – the snowfall is coming!

Midnight Musings from Our CEO

“Winter will be colder than normal, with above-normal precipitation and snowfall. The coldest periods will be in early and mid- to late December and mid- to late January, with the snowiest periods in early and mid-December and mid-January.”
Farmers Almanac 2016/17

One of the most exciting times in the winter season is the opening of the ski hills and thanks to mother nature and an outstanding prediction from the Farmers Almanac it looks like we are in for what is shaping up to be an outstanding year.

The Thompson Okanagan boasts several amazing winter ski resort locations with Apex, Big White, Sun Peaks and Silver Star (listed alphabetically) and our regional ski hills including Harper Mountain in the North Thompson and Phoenix in the Boundary.

WAIT…..For those that about to pick up their phones or send me a text that I have forgotten one of our newly reopened locations… I actually have not.  I wanted to take a moment to single out a seventh location, Mount Baldy, located in the South Okanagan and nestled between Oliver and Osoyoos and who are very pleased to announce are reopening in December.

“Our Lucky Seven”, a collection of interior mountain ski options each with their own unique attributes; all providing incredible snow, outstanding skiing and a range of on mountain food and beverage as well as seasonal outdoor and indoor activities that really do bring winter to life!

Yours is an industry very much at the mercy of external factors whether it be climatic conditions, road conditions, snowfall building a perfect base or snowfall warnings preventing travel.  We applaud all of our ski mountain locations; the developers who have had the foresight and perseverance to create these incredible resorts and their management and staff who passionately market and deliver on mountain experiences that have come to be renowned locally, domestically and internationally.

Thinking of visiting a ski hill this winter? Remember, on one of those grey winter days if you happen to be chasing some sunshine you are most likely to find it atop one of our majestic mountain ski hills.

Wishing the entire winter industry a great start and long season….(but not toooo long…)

Current Projected Opening Dates: **

Apex                 Dec 3
Baldy                Dec 1
Big White        Dec 3
Harper            Dec 10
Phoenix           Dec 18
Silver Star        Nov 24
Sun Peaks        Opening soon

** dates subject to change check websites for current updates

A Few Highlights From This Weeks News Centre

It is beginning to feel a lot like …..Ski Season! But it also time to do some Christmas shopping at a number of great Arts and Crafts events scheduled around the region. Enderby is featuring over 22 local artisans at this years event apply named “Little Treasures”  happening December 2nd and 3rd (read more) and the Penticton Indian Band is presenting and Indigenous Arts and Crafts Fair at the En’owkin Centre on December 3rd (read more). For more of what is happening around the region throughout November and December be sure to go our events section on

Planning an event this season? Be sure to post to it to the Route97 events page or contact us at and we can assist you putting it online.

Important news on the Labour front as the Government of Canada announced a new Express Entry program. To read more on the changes effecting our labour force go to (read more).

Read all of this weeks New Centre stories at

We hope you keep following and contributing on TOTA’s Facebook and twitter sites throughout the week; send us your stories, photos, events  and remarkable experiences. Make sure the industry knows what is happening around our region and be sure to use the #route97 and #explorebc when posting your tourism shots and stories from around the region.

Thank you to everyone who has registered for this years AGM and Summit we look forward to seeing all of you at Predator Ridge this Wednesday and Thursday

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