Snow is still a few months away but Mt. Timothy Ski Society board members and other volunteers were on the mountain on July 20 and 21, clearing runs and cleaning up for next season.
A huge time-saver was the donated use of an all-terrain mower and a brush saw. Both implements came from Performance All Terrain in 100 Mile House after co-owner Jim Kirby caught wind of the work bee, says hill manager Adam Piccolo.
“When Jim found out what we were doing, he donated the stuff. The mower was amazing and we got quite a bit accomplished.”
He adds, normally the work is done by hired staff using swing saws, but there wasn’t money in the current budget for that.
A big expense on the horizon for Mt. Timothy is payment for shortening and re-splicing of the chairlift cable which must be done before the beginning of next season.
Piccolo says it’s a regular maintenance procedure which was last done in 2007. He explains, the cable normally stretches with use and warmer than usual winter temperatures witnessed last year resulted in greater than expected stretching.
He notes, there is a limited number of people in North America qualified to do the work.
“Lots can splice cable, but they can’t splice for moving people.”
Mt. Timothy season passes will be on sale soon at Outlaw Urban Clothing Co., with the lowest price available until the end of September.