Construction of the new day lodge at Beatton Provincial Park has finally finished.
The Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club announced the milestone Wednesday, the culmination of six years of planning, fundraising, and building.
“It’s been quite a journey, many years long, but we had a vision and we had to get to the finish line,” said project manager and past club president Eliza Stanford.
The 1500-square-foot lodge features a large wood stove, custom-made tables and benches, and a large outside deck. Stanford calls the lodge’s design “Nordic barn aesthetic.”
“It’s a thing,” she says with a laugh. "It will be nice and cozy."
Eager skiers and park users will have to sit tight for just a little bit longer though before the lodge is officially opened.
While construction has finished, the landscaping work and final touches are only just beginning. The club will now focus on finishing lodge furnishings, smoothing the grounds, seeding grass, and installing an accessible path.
The club is planning for a September opening and, with the lodge’s great visibility and beautiful down slope views of the stadium, finalizing policies for its use and rental.
“We’re not quite there as far as opening it up for any events but we’re getting there,” said Stanford. “Right now we have a space. But it’s once you get into the space that you can see how it can be used.”
The club is also coming off another successful ski season, despite some periods of snow drought this past winter.
“We had enough snow for sure, we could always do with more,” Stanford said, adding skiers can even take their skis out for a loop today if they wanted.
The club has grown to more than 200 members, and with the lodge soon to open Stanford anticipates numbers to grow heading into next season.
“It will pull in a lot of part-time skiers who want a lodge,” she said, adding, “It will be open to everybody.”
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