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Nova Scotia Ski Hills Start Snow Production

By Evan Taylor Dec 13, 2022 | 3:45 PM

Snow production at Martock began this past Sunday. Photo: Ski Martock.


On Sunday, December 11 all three Nova Scotia ski hills began producing snow thanks to a drop in temperatures.

Most snow-making machines can only function when temperatures are -1°C or lower.

What that means for opening dates remains to be seen and will be heavily dependent on weather, but by looking at how long it took for hills to open last year after they began snow production we can begin to get an idea of what this year might look like.


Martock is the only ski hill in the province starting snow production earlier than last year, in 2021 they began production on December 15 and opened 14 days later on December 29.

This will be the second year with their new water supply system that was funded by $1.1 million investment from the federal government.


In 2021 Wentworth began producing snow on December 4.

They opened 24 days later on December 28 and were the first Nova Scotia ski hill to open for the 2021 season.

Ben Eoin

The slowest of Nova Scotia’s ski hills to open in 2021, Ben Eoin began production last year on December 4 and opened 41 days later on January 14.

This year however they have added a new snow cannon which is expected to increase their production capacity.

Ben Eoin also benefits from being located in Cape Breton which receives approximately 100 centimeters more in snowfall every year than mainland Nova Scotia.


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