After three, long and frustrating years, the Big Bam Ski Hill will finally be open to the public starting Saturday, Jan. 12. The ski club plans to be open every Saturday and Sunday for the rest of the winter.
“Our main goal for this year is getting open and to start and get that community support back so that we can expand things next year. We’re super appreciative of the community members and businesses who have supported us this year,” said Tawnia Salsbury, secretary for the Big Bam Ski Club.
The main obstacle the club has faced in past years, and continues to face today, is a lack of volunteers to help run the tow lines and ski shop. The club held a training and certification session last weekend, with a low turnout.
“People don’t realize that with volunteering you get free skiing for you and your family, and it’s not a big commitment. Even if people can commit to one day a month it still helps,” Salsbury said.
Big Bam president Jody Mather feels strongly about the opportunity for volunteers to bring their kids skiing.
“The only risk of bringing your kids skiing is that they’ll get better than you and make you look bad,” he said.
Those who’d like to volunteer can contact Salsbury at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will arrange a date and time for training.
The hill has more than enough snow, with more set to come this week, and the weather is finally cold enough for the club to open.
Beyond this season, the ski hill is also the site for the skiing events at the 2020 B.C. Winter Games, and Salsbury said the club has a lot of work to prepare for the event, and can use all the help it can get.
“We’re very excited about it. We have lots of yearly summer events, but nothing in the winter to showcase what we have so this is a big opportunity for us,” Salsbury said.
In the meantime, Salsbury hopes the community will come out to the hill and give it a try.
“We’re more of a beginner hill, so it’s great for families to come out together, it’s inexpensive, and very close,” said Salsbury.
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