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Mar 25, 2021

Brimacombe Closed For The 2020-21 Season

That’s all folks! Brimacombe will be closing today, March 25 at 4:30 p.m.

Our talented groomers have done an incredible job in repairing the snow erosion over the past few days, however despite our best efforts, Mother Nature has told us spring is here to stay. 

We are disappointed to announce we will be closing for the 2020-21 season today, Thursday, March 25 as of 4:30 p.m. For those with reservations past this time, reservations will be automatically cancelled and a full refund will be issued to those with paid lift tickets and rentals onto the method of payment used to make the reservation.

This year has brought an incredible amount of unique challenges. Since our closure in March 2020, our team, just like much of the world, faced incredible uncertainty and the monumental task of redeveloping almost every aspect of the way we operate. From food service to rentals to lessons to retail to purchasing lift tickets – each department was modified to adhere to, and in some cases, exceed the regulations set on us, in a collective effort to keep our visitors, staff and our community safe while enjoying the slopes. 

Despite the required shutdown, we feel incredibly proud and grateful for the season we had and we want to take this moment to thank and recognize those who played a tremendous role in this. 

Firstly, our loyal Members and Season Passholders who committed to us during these unprecedented times and for accommodating the changes we needed to make in order to have a season. We know this was not the winter season everyone was used to, but we thank you for your continuing support and understanding. Our commitment has and will always be to ensure the longevity of our club and to make decisions in the best interest of our Membership. 

For those who joined us on daily lift tickets, thank you for coming out to support us and experience this season with us. We hope this gave you a much-needed escape and some positive winter memories you can hold on to for years to come. 

To our lesson participants, though our multi-week lessons were cancelled in January, many of you donated, put your refund on a gift card, put money towards a membership, made commitments to joining us next season or even participated in our private lessons when we had the chance to run them this season. Your generosity, commitment and understanding this season was greatly appreciated. 

To our employees, thank you for your part in what we have dubbed the “longest, shortest season ever”. We know this season brought a lot of uncertainty, but your resilience and unwavering commitment to us will never be forgotten. Thank you for continually going above and beyond your normal roles to ensure a safe environment for our Members, Season Passholders and guests to enjoy. We couldn’t do this without you. 

To our neighbours from Orono and our surrounding communities thank you for continuing to support our organization, even those who don’t participate in skiing/snowboarding, we recognize the continual support from community members, whether it was dropping by for a poutine during our poutine drive-thru, buying Brimacombe merchandise and other winter goods from our retail store, purchasing gift cards for family/friends or even sharing our social media posts. We are grateful for everyone who continues to find ways to support our organization, even if it’s not coming out on the slopes.

To our industry, the Ontario Ski Resorts Association and resort operators across Ontario who invested and worked tirelessly to not only ensure each resort was ready to operate this winter, safely, but also become an advocate for our industry during the mandated shutdown. 

To the Municipality of Clarington Council Members for continuing support of our organization and their letter of support to re-open during the mandated shutdown.

To David Piccini, our Member of Provincial Parliament, for his on-going efforts during the provincial shutdown to make sure our voices were heard.

We are also incredibly thankful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the Resilient Communities Fund grant. This grant will be providing us with approximately $130,000 in funding to put towards specific projects we otherwise would not be able to fund to help us rebuild and recover from the on-going effects of COVID-19. Some of these projects to come including the installation of concrete pads to increase our outdoor seating areas around the East Chalet, the addition of operable windows in the East Chalet to improve airflow, as well as the purchase of additional cleaning and sanitizing equipment. 

We also want to give a special shout out to our countless partners including Durham Tourism, Clarington Tourism, Canadian Adaptive Snowsports, Canadian Ski Patrol, CASI/CSIA, Durham Radio, MommyGearest for continuing to support and promote Brimacombe.

We would also like to recognize some local businesses who also supported us this winter:

Cedar Valley Resort who loaned us an incredible amount of outdoor picnic tables to help expand our outdoor dining. 

Twisted Pizza & Wings in Orono who kindly donated delicious pizzas for some of our employees during a particularly challenging week during our season. 

The Snug, Bragg Farms, Toasted Walnut and Apple Blossom Flowers who partnered with us as our local business partners for our Poutine Drive-Thru during the shutdown, providing the community a unique opportunity to support multiple local businesses at once. 

The Schillings Family and Freskiw’s for their generous donation and words of encouragement during the shutdown.

Please continue to support our local businesses during this time, whether it be purchasing their product, sharing their social media posts, or simply putting in a good word to your friends and family. 

While there are still unknowns of what the winter ahead will bring us, this season has taught us that we can get through anything because of our strong community. We hope you have a safe and fantastic summer, and we look forward to welcoming you all back to the slopes for our 85th season next winter! (2021-22 Membership and Season Pass Rates coming soon… stay tuned!)

See you when the snow flies,

Brimacombe Management

P.S. If you have any great photos or videos from this season we'd love to see them! Tag us on social media or email them to marketing@brimacombe.ca. We are also putting together a collection of “thank-yous” to share with our staff from our skiers/boarders – if you’d like to submit yours, whether it’s a video, photo + caption or some kind words – please forward these along to guestservices@brimacombe.ca.