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It’s not easy being a winter skier at the ski resort in northern British Columbia, but prices have been in the red since the end of February.
In fact, it’s been nearly a month since prices started to drop, according to BMO Capital Markets analyst Craig Lippmann.
He’s been predicting a slump for several months now, but the latest downturn is a big deal.
“I don’t think anybody expected the downturn to last this long,” he said.
“I think it’s an indicator of a very, very slow recovery in the ski industry and the ski resorts have been hit the hardest.
They’ve been hit hard, really, because they’ve been struggling to keep pace with demand and demand has been extremely hard to keep up with.
And it’s going to take a while to get back to normal, I think.”
The steep decline in prices, however, is not necessarily the only thing that has left many resort operators in a state of shock.
The decline in snowfall is partly due to the snow melt season, which has been running since January and is expected to continue until the end, according the National Weather Service in the Lower Mainland.
That means temperatures will drop across much of British Columbia for the next two weeks and could be colder than they were earlier in the season.
This will also mean fewer snow days in the winter months, which could also have a big impact on snowfall totals.
“This year is going to be a bit of a different story than last year because it’s a bit colder and we’ll probably have a little bit more snow in the spring and summer months, so it will be much, much less,” said Steve Henshaw, president and chief executive of Ski Mountain Resort in Victoria.
He said that while the seasonality of skiing may be a big factor in the downturn, he thinks snow conditions are also the main factor.
“It is certainly not an ideal situation in the summer, especially with the extreme cold and wind.
I think you’re going to see some areas where it could be quite warm, but we’re seeing it more and more this year,” he added.
Snowfall levels in the fall have been falling, but are currently below average for the year.
As well, the snowfall this year has also been below average.
Lippmann said the fall in snow has coincided with the onset of the worst drought conditions in decades.
There have also been some snowfalls this year.
The snow in B.C. is average or below average, but has been below normal in some areas, he said, adding that in some places the snow may have been above average.
“So it’s kind of a mix,” he told ABC News.
Ski resorts are struggling with weather The decline in ski resort prices is a sign that conditions are deteriorating for the industry, said Ian Jones, CEO of the Canadian Skiing Association.
Jones said that if there is any relief, it will come from more government spending on infrastructure.
According to the CSA, the ski season has been a nightmare.
Last year saw a severe drought, which had the effect of delaying ski season from being announced until January.
The drought has been exacerbated by the fact that the snowpack in the B.M.T. has not been strong enough to keep the ski slopes flowing during the winter, according Jones.
However, that has not meant that the ski area has been shut down, he added, adding there has been some positive signs of improvement.
Some of the biggest changes that are happening in the industry are the use of artificial snow for winter recreation, and the introduction of winter skiing as a recreational activity.
Skier resorts have also started to diversify their snow supply.
In a statement to ABC News, the BMO’s Lippman said: “It is now clear that the current forecast for winter ski season is unsustainable, with snow levels forecast to fall to their smallest levels in five winters.
These are encouraging signs that the industry is working hard to address the challenges that have been identified and is on the path to recovery.
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