Shames Mountain near Terrace looks for greener solution

Heat recovery system to lower ski mountain's carbon emissions

My Mountain Co-op, which runs the Shames Mountain ski hill, is planning to install a heat recovery system next year to reduce operating costs and cut carbon emissions.

Shames general manager Christian Théberge says the object is to harness the heat produced by the diesel generator which runs the mountain’s chair lift and provides power at other locations and then use it in a boiler system to heat the main ski lodge.

“We are hoping to reduce our diesel consumption by 20 per cent,” said Théberge of the plan.

Shames is off the electricity power grid, making it dependent upon diesel.

Half the cost of the project is being provided by a $15,000 grant this year by the city-owned Terrace Community Forest enterprise.

Théberge says the original project cost estimate was $15,000 total, but the equipment costs are double what they originally thought, so they are looking for another donation to cover the other $15,000 of the project.

The idea was inspired by Carl Loroth, a co-op member, who has worked at remote camps where heat recovery systems are used.

And as activity continues on Shames leading to a Dec. 12 opening, volunteers have been busy refurbishing the chair lift’s chairs and making renovations to the lodge’s kitchen.

Refurbishing the 189 chair lift seats had to be done this year as the seats are 25 years old.

“These cushions have been held together with tape and staples and love for the last few years so it was time to do a real overhaul,” said Théberge.

The co-op was able to reduce the $30,000 cost to $5,000 by getting materials at cost with volunteers doing all the labour.

The kitchen floor space has been expanded and a triple sink added to comply with the health code. A second till has also been added.

“The expansion will allow for increased food production which will bring down wait times, and [the second till] will speed up the lineup,” said Théberge.

“We are into drywall and painting, more final steps [of the project].”

 

 

 

 

 

Just Posted

Terrace Legion Branch 13 celebrates 100 years

The branch was awarded its Great War Veterans Association Charter in 1919

Second dump site of Dungeness crab discovered

DFO confident new site related to April 2 dump of 250 more crab

BC Bus North service extended to September

Transportation ministers have extended the service, which was set to expire at the end of May

Council briefs: City creates new zone to allow for smaller, affordable homes

Key discussions from city council meeting April 23

Nisga’a leader named UNBC chancellor

Dr. Joseph Arthur Gosnell is the first Indigenous leader to assume the role

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Struggling B.C. adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

RCMP arrest B.C. man following threatening Vaisakhi Facebook post

Post made reference to pressure cooker bomb at massive Surrey parade

Northern B.C. high school student reaches 100,000 followers on YouTube

Voice actor, animator, Jericho Fortune has more than 30-million views on his channel GTAGAMER222

University mourns student who died in B.C. canoeing accident

Andrew Milner, 19, was in his second year with the University of Calgary’s basketball program

Most Read