Big Bam gets off-season makeover, AGM set for September 16

It may be the off-season, but that doesn’t mean the Big Bam Ski Hill executive are taking a break. Instead they’re busy doing all they can to make sure the hill gets back to tip-top shape for years to come.

The executive, together with volunteers, have been holding work bees most weekends to clean up the hill and work on new projects. Some of the things they’re working on are building terrain park obstacles, clearing mountain bike and snowshoeing trails, and extending the toe line. They’re also renovating the kitchen and it will be in full use this winter.

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“The work bees are going great. We have between 15 and 20 people helping out each weekend and it’s a good time,” said Big Bam Vice President Jody Mather.

Mather said they are also selling some old snow makers that the hill no longer uses.

“Our old snowmakers work well but are too labour intensive for our needs. We currently have two that we use, and are hoping to buy a new Turbo Crystal snow maker,” Mather said.

The Turbo Crystal is a type of snow maker that is centred on the atmosphere and makes snow on its own, Mather explained.

Still, not everything is positive. Big Bam was set to host the skiing and snowboard events of the 2020 B.C. Winter Games in February 2020, but were told by the Winter Games Committee that they were pulling those events out of Big Bam. The alpine events will instead be hosted at Bear Mountain in Dawson Creek.

“That was pretty upsetting, but we’re moving forward. We’re building bigger and better, that’s our plan,” said Mather.

Big Bam is holding their annual general meeting on September 16 at 7 p.m. in the Big Bam ski chalet. The executive is encouraging anyone who wants to join Big Bam in any capacity — engineer, equipment operator, ski patrol, and so on — to come out to the meeting.

A new treasurer and secretary will be voted in for the 2019-20 season at the meeting as well.

Email sports reporter Dillon Giancola at sports@ahnfsj.ca

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