Thursday, December 21, 2006

So much powder at Shames that they had to shut down

It’s a case of too much of a good thing, Shames mountain has received so much snow in a short period of time to require the ski resort to remain closed until Highways can work on the road to the hill.

Nechako Construction which has the contract for snow removal on the road to Shames closed it on Monday due to avalanche dangers and a need to remove the volume of snow that descended on the road.

Shames thus missed their regular Wednesday and Thursday openings, but hope to be open for Friday.

The Daily News had the story in Wednesday’s edition.

Shames swamped by mega snowfall
By Leanne Ritchie
The Daily News
Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Shames Mountain will be closed Wednesday and Thursday because of too much of a good thing.
“We got two metres of snow over a 36-hour period,” said Susan Farwig, administration manager at Shames Mountain.

The Ministry of Highways and Nechako Construction, the highway contractor, closed the road Monday because of avalanche danger.

“They are working on the road now. There is a considerable amount of snow on the road as well, at least two metres on the upper half,” she said.

As soon as the road is open, crews will be working to remove snow from the lifts, buildings, services roads and parking areas. Groomers will start preparing the ski runs as soon as it is safe to do so.

“We will not be operating Wednesday and Thursday as originally scheduled but we do hope to open Friday.”

She urged people to check the Shames web site,, or keep in touch with their snow phone.

“We do have a long distance line from Prince Rupert. It’s 1-877-898-4754,” she said.
Shames Mountain opened early this year, Dec. 6, because of a good amount of snow. The early opening was the fifth earliest on record since the mountain opened for business 17 years ago.

This compares to winter 2005 when the ski hill wasn’t able to open until well after Christmas because of a lack of snow.

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