Come on up this Saturday, January 14th for opening day. The hill will be open from 10am to 4pm. Skiing will be free for locals! We are calling this a “Soft” opening as we will be breaking in our lift upgrades under a full load. Hope to see you all there.
Just a quick update for the public on the status of Wapiti for this season.
Wapiti is doing its best with the snow conditions/accumulation that Elkford has been dealt thus far. We started grooming with a 28cm loose snow base at the bottom and a 38cm loose snow base at the top of the hill. This has left us with a skiable base from tower 7 down. The face/main RUN being the most skiable. The conditions will be classed as early season where any RUN that is open will have to be skied with caution.
With these conditions the goal for Wapiti is to try for an opening day on the 14th of January 2017. This day will be classed as a “soft” opening. This means that the hill will open to locals with the fee for skiing being waived for this day. The reason for this is to let the public see for themselves what the conditions are and also to do some testing with the new lift drive system.
Wapiti thanks everyone for their support and patience. We are trying to do our best with what Mother Nature has given. Let’s all cross our fingers for more snow!!
Thanks again and please watch the website for further info for this season.
We still need plenty more snow yet before we can open, but plan to be ready for you all once enough of the white stuff has fallen. Check back soon for more updates.
Thank you to all those who came out this past weekend, excellent progress was made clearing small trees and brush from the runs. For anyone that can spare some time this coming weekend, on Saturday October 22nd we will be back at it again from 9am until noon at the hill. Bring brush cutting tools if you have them. Looking forward to seeing more helping hands this Saturday!
Our annual general meeting is set for June 21 at 8pm at the hill. Several volunteer roles are up for election this season, if you are interested in volunteering this year please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Wapiti Ski Club held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, January 26/2016. Thank you to all that attended and continue to dedicate their time volunteering and working towards creating a successful Wapiti Ski Club.
Unfortunately, there is still a very limited amount of snow on our little ski hill and the nature of the snow puts the groomer at risk of damaging the machine. There was a recent attempt to groom the hill and there just isn’t enough snow to safely continue with our grooming efforts. At the summit of the hill there is less than ten inches of packed snow after the groomer made a single pass. At the base there is less than five inches after a single pass. This just does not meet our minimum snow accumulation requirements to safely open as of right now.
Additionally, the electrical inspection that took place this week has revealed the need of an electrical safety circuit to be added to our upgraded VFD. This required upgrade will further delay certification of our lift an additional three to four weeks. This is not good news but please rest assured that every volunteer at Wapiti is working diligently towards completion of this much needed upgrade.
At this time the Wapiti Ski Club would like to thank every volunteer who has unselfishly dedicated their time and effort towards making Wapiti a safe, successful, fun place for everyone to enjoy.
If you would like to get involved in our community run, volunteer operated ski hill please feel free to attend one of our monthly meetings. Dates and time will be posted on this site.
Your Wapiti Ski Club Executive Board
2016 Wapiti Ski Club Opening Information
2015/2016 has been a challenging year for all directors and volunteers at Wapiti. We currently require at least another 18” of snow before we can consider grooming the runs to ensure adequate snow coverage of foliage and terrain hazards. Unfortunately, this has been another lack luster snow year yet again.
We are also in the process of attaining the required permits and authorizations to operate after the avalanche came down in the spring 2014 and contacted the head pulley at tower 10. This has been both labour and time intensive. On top of that Wapiti is undergoing a much needed lift upgrade to make your ride to the top of the hill safer and more efficient. An electrical inspector is schedule to be onsite the last week of January. If all inspections go accordingly we could then and only then start on hill training of staff and employees assuming there is sufficient snow accumulation.
The Wapiti Ski Club executive members would like to thank you for your patience and understanding. Please know all volunteers are doing their due diligence to get the hill up and running for all to enjoy. We are all as keen and eager to get our runs in this year as you are.
Happy New Year to Everybody!
Update on the opening of the hill: There is still not enough snow for Wapiti to open. If and when this changes, details will be posted here and on Facebook. Thank you again for your understanding.