Wapiti ski hill in Elkford has signed a 30-year land agreement with the province.

Wapiti ski hill signs long-term agreement with the province

Wapiti Ski Resort in Elkford has renewed its operating agreement with the province for long-term viability support lasting 30 years.

Wapiti Ski Resort in Elkford has renewed its operating agreement with the province for long-term viability support lasting 30 years.

The ski hill worked with the province to create a master plan that gives them the opportunity to grow the resort and possibly add attractions like snow tubing and a ski and snowboard school in the winter and cycling in the summer.

“The master plan is the basis of the operating agreement. The operating agreement now would allow for tubing, skiing, mountain biking, and a snow sports school as well,” said Scott Beeching, Director of Planning and Development Services, and Wapiti volunteer. “The ski hill is run by a volunteer organization and it gives them more options to make the hill more viable.”

The renewed agreement gives the Elkford area more attractions for its inhabitants and will also bring more people to Wapiti and the surrounding areas.

“It gives us another amenity to the community and attracts visitors. I volunteer at the rental shop there. People will come in and we start talking and I ask them where they are from and they say Calgary. When I ask what they are doing in Elkford, they say that the ski hill brought them here,” said Beeching.

The hill features 14 runs with 1,000 vertical feet of elevation. The resort is run entirely by volunteers and includes a fully trained ski patrol. Wapiti gets over 350cm of snow every year and offers a terrain park, day lodge, lessons and rentals. Another factor that bring skiers and snowboarders to the area is the day pass price.

“There have been people from England, and when I asked them what they thought of the ski hill they said they really liked it because it was smaller and I think the cost is only $20 compared to other resorts who charge upwards of $80. They’re beginners and they would much rather pay $20 than $80 because the hill is more appropriate for them,” said Beeching.

Wapiti has instilled itself within the minds of many more experienced riders as well.

“When we were doing the master plan, we had a few guys from the province come out and on their way from Kamloops they stopped at every resort. They came to Elkford on a Thursday, the hill opens on weekends so we started the lift for them so they ended up having the whole hill to themselves and we had 40 or 50 cm of powder that week so they had fresh tracks,” said Beeching. “They loved it, I caught up with them after their trip and they said the only thing they talked about on the way back was Elkford.  After skiing all the areas around here Elkford left the biggest impressions on them and that’s pretty cool.”

 

Just Posted

Glory for Fernie Ghostriders in four-point weekend

Riders back at home on January 25-26 for games against the Kimberley Dynamiters and Nelson Leafs

Crowsnest Pass RCMP seek help locating missing man

58-year-old Stuart David Duff was last seen on Jan. 6, 2019.

Spike in Jaffray bear calls cause for concern

In 2018 there were 38 calls about bears spotted in the Jaffray area, compared to one call in 2017.

Snow on the way for Elk Valley

Winter weather advisory issued for East Kootenay with up to 15cm of snow expected over the next week

Snow removal still an issue for mobility challenged in Fernie

Disability advocate sees little improvement in sidewalk clearing; City promises to review policy

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

Olympic softball qualifier to be held in B.C.

Announcement made Saturday evening from Europe

B.C. resident creates global sport training program

The 20 hour course teaches the science and application of interval training at the university level

B.C. VIEWS: Fact-checking the NDP’s speculation tax on empty homes

Negative-option billing is still legal for governments

May plans next move in Brexit fight as chances rise of delay

Some say a lack of action could trigger a ‘public tsunami’

Group challenges ruling for doctors to give referrals for services that clash with beliefs

A group of five Canadian doctors and three professional organizations is appealing

Major winter storm wreaks havoc on U.S. travel

Nearly 5,000 flights were cancelled Sunday around the country

Fernie film festival tickets selling fast

Local links to films, shorts featured in 11th annual Reel Canadian Film Festival lineup

CONSUMER REPORT: What to buy each month in 2019 to save money

Resolve to buy all of the things you want and need, but pay less money for them

Most Read