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Mount Joy sign. (Lloyd Connect)

Mount Joy working on new trails for the season

Mount Joy Snow Resort is whippin up some new ski runs for those getting ready to hit the gnar pow.

This week Top Gear Contracting has donated their time and equipment to clear a path for four new “glade” ski runs.

President Chris Bogue said gate glading is when skiers cut down ski trails through thick forested areas.

The trails will be narrower than conventional routes offering user’s a back country experience.

“We don’t have massive amounts of snow, or we don’t have thick forested areas. So by cutting these trails, it offers that experience to anybody.”

The first trail getting mulched for the new ‘glade’ trails. (Lloyd Connect)

The trails will be for more intermediate and advanced skiers in order to have a wide range of trail types for all levels.

Last month, BPC services offered the resort help to increase their snowmaking capacity by adding risers, which has been a couple of years in the making.

“As the seasons change, and as the climate changes a little bit, we’re not offered the same amount of natural snow we’ve had in the past. So, we had to take different measures to be able to make more.”

Bogue said the hill wouldn’t be able to function without the community support.

“We need volunteers, we need companies like BPC, like Top Gear, to continue to support us and help us along with these projects.”

Mount Joy is currently working with the Canada West Ski Association to work out details surrounding COVID-19 procedures.

The hill will be leaning towards online ticket sales to reduce contact.

There are plans to open the new trails as mountain bike trails in the summer in order to become a four-season resort.

 

 

About Tre Lopushinsky

Tre is the lead reporter/editor at Lloyd Connect. He is a NAIT Radio and Television alumni. Tre has experience in radio, audio production, video editing and news reporting. During his time at NAIT he worked as a sports editor for the college paper and was a commentator for NAIT Ooks Basketball and volleyball teams. Some residents may know him as being the "giant employee" in the community for the past two years. Tre, for some reason, hasn’t veered away from his childhood as he has a passion for collecting figures (not dolls!).

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