Big Bam's Snowcat prep machine and a 500-gallon fuel tank were found empty Friday night in what appears to have been a theft, as the hill continues to weather tough times.
“We just started climbing the hill (in the snowcat) and the (fuel) alarm went off. This machine was just fueled up in late November from donations. We would have been all set for the winter,” said Jody Mather, president of the non-profit group that oversees the ski hill in Taylor.
Big Bam was hoping to open Sunday for the first time this season, with a noon to 5 p.m. schedule. Dan L'Heureux of DJ Mac Maintenance donated fuel to keep the snow cat running through the night.
“The gates are both locked, I don’t understand how they could steal that much fuel,” said Mather.
While they have security in place, Mather said all the fuel came by donation from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek businesses. He said he’s not sure what comes next.
“It’s not as though we have receipts for that fuel,” Mather said, “Our hill survives on donations from Fort St. John and Dawson Creek area. People that are stealing our fuel are just hurting (the community).”
The hill will need more support from the community to get through the season.
“If it wasn’t for donations, we wouldn’t survive,”
For more information on how to donate or volunteer, you can contact Mather at 250-263-4260.