Ski hill venture seeks pine beetle funding

New life has been injected into the sport of downhill skiing in Clearwater as the Thompson Nicola Regional District has agreed to submit an an Expression of Interest to the Mountain Pine Beetle — Community Economic Diversification Initiative program to fund a feasability study establishing a new high altitude ski area in the community.

A series of events in the past forced the non-profit society operating the Clearwater Ski Hill to list the property located near the CN train bridge on Dunn Lk Road for sale last year. Lack of snow in the past few years, volunteers on the verge of burnt-out and sky-rocketing insurance rates prompted a small group of locals to band together and begin researching the possibility to relocate downhill skiing to a higher elevation.