B.C. ski resorts pleased with placement of Family Day

The provincial government's decision to give British Columbians a holiday on the second Monday of February, "is a huge win" for tourism.

The provincial government’s decision to give British Columbians a holiday on the second Monday of February, “is a huge win” for tourism, says an industry representative.

“We believe the (government) listened to the tourism community, and the voters,” said  Michael Ballingall, who represents Big White ski resort and is an active member of the Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association.

Ballingall was among a number of mountain operators who lobbied for the earlier placement of Family Day as soon as Premier Christy Clark announced she’d gather input from residents throughout May to find out which day they preferred, the second or third Monday of February.

“There were a lot of things that we at the resorts were concerned about,” he said.

Had the province decided to place the holiday on the third weekend, he said,  then it would coincide with President’s Day in the US, which is the busiest day on B.C. ski hills.

“All the mountains are full—There was no point in funnelling more people into the system,” Ballingall said.

“Think of border crossings and ferries… they’re already experiencing the traffic from the US and Albertan holiday, which cause massive traffic wherever you look.”

Traffic jams weren’t the industry’s only concerns, mind you.

Ballingall explained that there could be economic benefits from stretching out the high season for two weekends.

All the part-time workers who are hired to handle the intense traffic of the one weekend alone, will now be able to get more hours at B.C. ski hills.

Better yet, he added, the rest who are lucky enough to not have to work on that day will also benefit from not having to pay U.S. rates.

Several other provinces have statutory holidays in February, but in every other case, it falls on the third Monday of the mont.

Alberta, Ontario and Saskatchewan celebrate Family Day, while the February holiday is Louis Riel Day in Manitoba and Islander Day in Prince Edward Island.

British Columbians now get 10 statutory holidays each year.

Just Posted

Accident at Highway 97 near airport

Fire crews and ambulance officials have responded to the scene

Two escape vehicle fire

Smoke and flames were spotted coming from the hood of a truck on Hudson Road

Kelowna motel robbed, suspect sought

The suspect threatened to harm the lone front desk clerk and demanded money.

Penticton reporter reflects on covering Charles Manson

Charles Manson, leader of a murderous cult, died on Sunday at 83

West Kelowna neighbourhood fed up with criminal activity

Prowler frustrating West Kelowna residents

Heavy snowfall expected on Coquihalla

Snow forecast for mountain highways

Annett finishes season on the podium at Ironman Arizona

Penticton triathlete sets new course record on the bike

Cash donations create purchasing power

Salvation Army and food banks stretch a donated dollar a long way

Hergott: A pedestrian’s legal obligation

Lawyer Paul Hergott questions the moral obligation of pedestrians and motorists

Coyotes grab Okanagan boys title

George Elliott defeats Seaton in AA volleyball final, seeded third heading to provincials

ICBC overbilling for crash repairs not the problem, dealers say

Collision repair shops reject union claim of inflated costs

Last day for shoeboxes at Kelowna Gospel Fellowship

Kelowna church has been gathering gifts for kids in need in countries around the world

Owls soar to Okanagan volleyball title

KSS girls win 4A championship for 12th straight year beating Pen Hi in final

B.C. groups to address child sex abuse in sports

viaSport is organizing a full day of education in association with Canadian Centre for Child Protection and the Coaching Association of Canada.

Most Read