Aquaneige returns to P.E.I.’s ski park in Brookvale
BROOKVALE, P.E.I. — The hills have been alive with the sound of Aquaneige on the Mark Arendz Provincial Ski Park at Brookvale.
The soaking-wet annual custom was again on the ski park on April 9 after taking a break for COVID-19 public well being measures.
A roster of 62 contestants – probably the most ever – waited midway up Entrance Garden, the principle ski run, for his or her flip to zoom down and try and make it throughout a pool of water on the backside of the hill.
Contestant Chris MacDonald was the primary to courageous the water and after dropping some gear, and practically his pants, he waded out.
“Fairly powerful,” he mentioned of the expertise. “My skis went beneath the water… it’s deeper than different years.”
Anybody who made it throughout certified for a second spherical.
Bobby MacGregor was one of many profitable auqaneigers, adopted instantly by Jack Roberts.
Like many contestants, they have been dressed for summer season and accepted blankets from one of many dozen or so ski patrollers stationed across the water.
Velocity and method have been the keys to success, and lots of didn’t make it out the opposite facet, some landed in a splash, skis and helmets flying, whereas others stayed upright and slowly ran out of steam earlier than reaching the opposite facet, sinking slowly, discouragement flooding in with the water filling their boots.
Season not over but
In previous years Aquaneige, has marked the tip of the season and the closing of the park, however not this 12 months.
Park superintendent Erin Curley mentioned in a social media put up that the downhill park is staying open so long as circumstances permit.
“Alpine web site will proceed to be open with spring circumstances this week because the climate permits,” mentioned the put up and marketed discounted charges for raise tickets.
The Nordic web site rental store is closed for the season and the paths are now not getting groomed, mentioned Curley’s put up.
Alison Jenkins is a reporter with the SaltWire Community in Prince Edward Island. She might be reached by electronic mail at [email protected] and adopted on Twitter @ReporterAlison.