News in Brief
Encompassing people, places and happenings at Mount Washington.
Mount Washington Alpine Resort had 18 million visitors in 2010... to its website, that is. Resort President Peter Gibson said that’s a 15 per cent increase in online traffic.
CIBC Wood Gundy has donated $3,000 to the Learn to Ski program at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. The company, led by Rick Morson, a competitive skier himself, has put 800 Grade 4-5 students per year through the cross-country ski program, Morson said.
Comox Valley’s Andrea Lee is on the National Development Centre cross-country team for the second year in a row, competing in the senior women (under-23). She is in her second year studying biology at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay, Ont. Lee’s goal is to race the World Cup circuit, competing for Canada in Europe.
Crews have done a lot of renovation work at Paradise Ridge over the summer, in most of the common areas. The pool is now operational again, too.
Members of the Strathcona Nordics really know their cross-country stuff. On October 30, more than 15 team members (including Devos, Juniors and Masters) entered the Perseverence Trail Run in Cumberland.
The Devo team continued its traditional domination of the three-kilometre men’s event, with 11-year-old Matthew Salmon coming in first. He demolished the second place runner - Devo coach Berend Henckel - by more than 15 seconds.
Junior racer Jessica Reynolds placed first in her category. In the 10 Km event, Junior racer Michael Ravensburgen finished first in the 19-and-under category with a time of 57:10.
People 75 years and older who plan to purchase a season’s pass from Mount Washington Alpine Resort this winter are in for a surprise: they won’t have to pay for their pass. It’s called the Super Senior, and all you have to do is call the season’s pass office at the Resort or fill out an online form.
“If you’re 75 and you’re skiing, you have earned your skiing for free,” Resort Director of Public Relations Brent Curtain said.
There was nothing wrong with the Green Chair except it had outlived its usefulness, Gibson said. When it was disassembled some parts went to Mt. Sutton in Quebec. Some of the chairs from the Green Chair have been saved and patrons will be able to sit in them in Fresh at the Alpine Lodge.
The other two original chairs from Mount Washington were recycled in similar ways: the old Blue Chair went to Mt. Baldy and the old Red Chair went to Mt. Timothy.
The Whiskey Jack Chair is still going strong at the Resort, however, all 158 slatted chairs have been replaced with padded seats so they are warmer and more comfortable for night skiers.