Hudson Bay Mountain closed due to power outages

Hudson Bay Mountain was forced to turn hundreds of skiers and snowboarders away Friday morning after power outages in the area.

Hudson Bay Mountain was forced to close, turning hundreds of skiers and snowboarders away after their operations were affected by power outages Friday morning.

“It was at least a couple hundred [people]. When there’s this much snow and it’s epic, people tend to take the day off. A lot of time they’ll take the morning off, ski until noon and then go back to work. It’s always really busy in the morning,” said Chrissy Chapman, resort services manager.

She added there has been roughly 40 new centimetres of snow on the mountain in the past two days.

According to Frank McBride, manager of hill and trails, when employees came in this morning the power was already off, but came back on again around 8:10 a.m.

“We were just about to open before the power went off again. It’s actually good, had it gone off 10 minutes later, we would have had to do evacuations off the chairlift,” said McBride, noting that they practice chairlift evacuations every year in case of emergencies.

Almost the entire mountain has been without power since 10 a.m. They still have single-phase electricity allowing them to turn on lights in the lodge, but all the dual-phase power which normally runs the ovens and lifts are non-operational.

Chapman said they’ve been in contact with BC Hydro and the earliest time the power could be back on is 2 p.m.

“It was shaping up to be a pretty good day . . . our main parking lot was probably about three quarters full,” said McBride.

The mountain does plan to open on Monday to give guests a chance to make up the lost time on the slopes.

“There’s just way too much good snow to enjoy. There’s another 20 [centimetres] forecasted and all those season pass holders out there and with how great everything went last night, it just seems fitting to open Monday,” said Chapman.

This is the second power outage on the mountain during operation since 2010, according to McBride.

Hudson Bay Mountain was one of roughly 1,400 homes and businesses without power in Smithers on Friday morning.

Environment Canada has issued a snowfall warning for the Bulkley Valley.

There were no reported outages in Telkwa, Moricetown or the Hazeltons yet.

For more information on power outages in the area, visit www.bchydro.com/outages/orsTableView.jsp.

Just Posted

Convicted animal abuser Catherine Adams to return to Quesnel court next week

Adams is facing a breach of probation charge stemming from a 2015 conviction in Smithers

Northwest Fire Centre open burn ban lifted

Recent rain, cooler temperatures have lowered the region’s fire risk

Telkwa pot plant application passes review

Cannabis company claims new Health Canada regulations are working in its favour

OPINION: Who watches the watchmen?

One of the most common questions I get asked is if I’m scared about the future of media.

BVCS hosts first ever ‘micro-business market’

Who says Dragon’s Den is just for adults?

‘Teams that win are tight’: B.C. Lions search for chemistry at training camp

The Lions added more than 50 new faces over the off-season, from coaching staff to key players

Growing wildfire prompts evacuation of High Level, Alta.

Chuckegg Creek fire has been burning for several day, but grew substantially Sunday

Top women’s hockey player Natalie Spooner coming to B.C.

Natalie Spooner special guest at annual Grindstone charity weekend in Kelowna

Take-home drug testing kits latest pilot to help curb B.C.’s overdose crisis

Researchers look to see if fentanyl testing could be a useful tool for those who use drugs alone

Facebook takes down anti-vaxxer page that used image of late Canadian girl

Facebook said that the social media company has disabled the anti-vaccination page

Search crews rescue kids, 6 and 7, stranded overnight on Coquitlam mountain

Father and two youngsters fall down a steep, treacherous cliff while hiking Burke Mountain

Raptors beat Bucks 118-112 in 2OT thriller

Leonard has 36 points as Toronto cuts Milwaukee’s series lead to 2-1

Rescue crews suspend search for Okanagan kayaker missing for three days

71-year-old Zygmunt Janiewicz was reported missing Friday

B.C. VIEWS: Reality of our plastic recycling routine exposed

Turns out dear old China wasn’t doing such a great job

Most Read