For the past month or more, the province’s ski hills have been suffering due to the weather.
Ski resorts like Big White have had to deal with erratic weather, which has included everything from bitterly cold temperatures to snow, fog, and rain as well as strong winds.
Strong winds forced Big White to shut down the Gem Lake Express on Friday, and warm weather necessitated closing the skating rink.
The Plaza Chair will still operate, but the Bullet Chair and TELUS Park will not be accessible for night skiing on Friday.
De-icing one of Big White’s alpine lifts is taking place high above the clouds.
The ski hill posted photos of the two-seater Falcon Chair encased in ice and snow on Monday. This is the only lift on the hill that has yet to turn this season.
The resort updated the public on the de-icing progress as of noon Tuesday with additional photos.
Big White said on Facebook that it took three hours for three staff to clear the top three towers, bullwheel, and shack.
“There is still a lot of work to be done there,” the post continued. “Additionally, for the unload station, we need 10 to 15 cm of fresh Okanagan champagne powder.”
Big White now has a 140-centimeter alpine base and 116 open runs.
The general public has appreciated getting a behind-the-scenes look at their favorite winter playground.
“You guys are incredible. “Thank you for sharing so that we can be more appreciative of the behind-the-scenes work that is required for our safety and enjoyment,” a Facebook commenter said. “You guys are incredible.”