Big White Ski Resort says it will spend $3.9 million to build the new Powder Chair on the mountain this year, part of $10 million in improvements in 2018. —Image: contributed

Big White Ski Resort near Kelowna announces 2018 spending spree

Included in $10 million worth of improvements, will be a new $3.9 million chairlift

Big White Ski Resort has announced what it is calling its largest single-year investment at the resort in 10 years.

On Thursday, the operators of the popular ski hill located east of Kelowna, revealed a list of big-dollar improvements planned for this year at the resort, including $3.9 million to build the new Powder Chair.

“When was the last time someone spent $10 million to show you a good time?” said Michael Ballingall, senior vice-president of Big White Ski Resort. “With the tourism economy in British Columbia booming and the airport in Kelowna reporting record visitation, we’re betting on a buoyant economy to show a substantial return on this investment.”

The largest part of the investment will be the money for the new Powder Chair, a four-passenger fixed grip Leitner Poma lift that will replace Canada’s oldest and most popular triple chair, which was built in 1979. That chairlift has provided more than 15.8 million rides during its lifetime.

The new lift will increase upload capacity by 1,900 passengers per hour allowing more skiers and snowboarders to enjoy the terrain on the Powder Chair, said Ballingall.

In addition, the ski resort says it is also investing millions in other projects throughout the summer, including $1.5 million to expand the skier tunnel on the Hummingbird run. Its current width of 25 feet will be widened to 60 feet to accommodate increased skier and foot passenger traffic.

Big White will continue its expansion of mountain biking operations this summer with a $1.1 million investment in three to four new trails, as well as a slopestyle course. At the same time, crews will perform annual summer grooming and glading of the existing ski runs worth another $200,000. In the winter those runs will be groomed with the help of a brand new $450,000 Pistenbully groomer.

Other investments include $1.1 million in annual lift and machinery maintenance, $500,000 in building maintenance, $750,000 in water and sewer upgrades and $150,000 for a new on mountain shuttle bus.

“I’m proud to be leading the third generation of our family-owned business, which was established in the summer of 1985,” says Peter Plimmer, president and CEO of Big White Ski Resort Ltd.

“My grandfather, Desmond Schumann, would be proud of what we’re doing here at the resort and I am confident all of these projects will be accomplished provided Mother Nature cooperates with an exceptional spring skiing season and melting our over eight metres of cumulative snowfall.”

To report a typo, email:
newstips@kelownacapnews.com
.


@KelownaCapNews
newstips@kelownacapnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Bizet’s Carmen seduces Kelowna with a weekend of opera

Kelowna Opera re-imagines the opera classic for their summer performance

Accident causes traffic delays in Rutland

An accident on Highway 33 occurred Friday night

More wildfires discovered near Lumby, Cherryville

Canadian Armed Troops in Okanagan, Mabel Creek blaze creeps towards lake

Apple Triathlon organizers to keep a close eye on air quality

Organizers bring event is back this weekend after taking 2017 off

Naramata firefighters diverted after fires breaches Burns Lake camp

The crew was sent to Vanderhoof after a wildfire reportedly overtook a camp near Burns Lake

Armed Troops in Okanagan to help firefighters

Canadian Armed Forces arrived in Vernon Thursday, being deployed to West Kelowna fire

Cool Creek blaze near Princeton growing with “extreme fire behaviour”

The Cool Creek Fire burning 22 km east of Eastgate has merged… Continue reading

UPDATE: BC Wildfire boxes in Summerland blaze

A fire sparked earlier in the evening near Summerland is “completely boxed… Continue reading

New blaze near Summerland highly visible

Provincial crews are responding Friday evening to a new fire west of… Continue reading

Safeway union urges prejection of mediator recommendations

Says mediator asks for too many concessions

Naramata firefighters diverted after fires breaches Burns Lake camp

The crew was sent to Vanderhoof after a wildfire reportedly overtook a camp near Burns Lake

To address peacock problem, B.C. city moves ahead on trapping plan

Surrey’s new bylaw focuses on ensuring people no longer feed the birds, ahead of relocation

Hospitals to see ‘delays’ in care after losing Saudi students, health group says

About 1,000 Saudi residents called back to kingdom after suspending diplomatic relations with Canada

Bernier diatribe against ‘extreme multiculturalism’ boosts Liberal coffers

Party spokesperson Braeden Caley says online donations doubled, social media engagement quadrupled

Most Read