Volunteers Ricky Lee Roberts and Robin CecionI help guide the chairlift wheel back into place last month.

Snow and soul at Shames Mountain

Heading into the winter, many eyes are on Terrace's co-op owned mountain

“Shames may be the only place where there are friends on a powder day,” writes Christopher Solomon in Outside magazine’s November issue. Featuring a flurry of familiar faces, Solomon’s piece is pure love for Shames Mountain, its backcountry, and the rest of what he calls “the big north”.

It’s one of several let’s-get-stoked-on-northwest-B.C. articles expected this pre-season, including one in Air Canada’s En Route magazine that is even more focussed on the co-op aspect of the mountain’s operation, and is further indication that more eyes are on the area than ever before.

“Of course we hope it translates to more visits,” said Shames general manager Christian Theberge last week, on the media attention.

But “the heart of Shames will always remain its local clientele … Shames will grow with the growth of it’s local population. I would say that the amount of houses, and lots being built in Terrace is a much stronger indicator than the magazine coverage – though it surely won’t hurt.”

This latest article’s release coincided with the snow line’s slow creep down the mountain. As of Oct. 29 there were 10 centimetres of snow at the top chair with the snow line sitting around the 10th tower, according to Theberge.

He says that’s average for this time of year, and that, looking at the forecast models, his educated guess/hope is “that we will get pounded with snow through November and beginning of December, switch to milder blue bird weather for holidays, then back to heavy snowfalls from mid January to mid March, then ending with fantastic sunny spring skiing.”

This summer was packed with projects at Shames – replacing the T-Bar cable, a major repair of the chairlift return station that saw the 3000-pound wheel removed, repaired, and then reinstalled.

“We could not have accomplished what we did without the help volunteers and the assistance of numerous businesses in town,” he said.

“The truth about Shames remains unchanged – the mountain can sustain itself operationally, but cannot afford to finance its necessary capital infrastructure upgrades and repairs from operations alone.

“This is the co-op advantage at work,” he said, noting nearly $50,000 in savings. “Without this kind of help our only option would be to increase prices which would go against our founding principles of affordable, sustainable, and innovative.”

Just Posted

Police encourage reporting of suspicious events following reports involving children

Terrace RCMP are asking the public to report any suspicious adult interactions… Continue reading

Soup kitchen sees “groundswell of community support”

Donations toward looming tax bill push non-profit back in the black

College buys a yurt to boost student success

Round tent-like structure part of college instructional shift

Terrace husband and wife honoured for saving each other’s lives

BC Ambulance presented each a Vital Link Award for separate incidents of CPR

Council supports lobby for fair share of cannabis tax revenue

The City of Terrace is throwing its support behind a West Kelowna… Continue reading

Testing the Google Arts & Culture app

Going face to face with art

Back to work: U.S. government shutdown ends after Democrats relent

Short-term spending measure means both sides could see another shutdown stalemate in three weeks

Man lives despite malfunctioning defibrillator at B.C. arena

A middle-aged man went into cardiac arrest after at game at Pitt Meadows Arena last Wednesday.

Cause of Northern B.C. seaplane crash released

TSB releases report on seaplane crash during a water landing in 2016 near First Nations community

Vancouver police crack down on pop-up pot vendors

Officers raided merchants’ tables on Robson Square late Sunday

Bell Media, NFL take appeal over Super Bowl ad rules to top court

At issue is a ban on substituting American ads with Canadian ones during the game’s broadcast

Crown seeks 4.5 years jail for B.C. woman convicted of counselling tax evasion

Debbie Anderson the latest from group to face jail for teaching debunked ‘natural person’ theory

UPDATE: Brother of B.C. teen killed by stray bullet says the death left a void

Alfred Wong, 15, was gunned down in Vancouver while on his way home from dinner with his family

Movie filmed in Castlegar B.C. opens Friday

Hollow in the Land starring Dianna Agron will be playing in select cinemas.

Most Read