Chicopee Ski Club

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Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort
Location Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Vertical 200 feet (61 m)
Skiable area 36 acres (150,000 m2)
Runs

15
Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg 4 – Easiest
Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg 5 – More Difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg 5 – Most Difficult
Ski trail rating symbol-double black diamond.svg 0 – Expert

1 - Terrain Park
Longest run Front:2,000 feet (610 m)
Lift system

6
4 chairlifts (2 double, 1 triple, 1 quad)

2 surface lifts (2 magic carpets)
Snowfall 133 centimetres (52 in)[1]
Snowmaking 100%
Night skiing 100%
Website Discover Chicopee

Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort (formerly "Chicopee Ski Club"[citation needed]) is a ski club in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada, founded December 29, 1934[2][3] as a not-for-profit organization providing winter recreation on 165 acres (0.67 km2). The club is located on land owned by the Grand River Conservation Authority.

The Chicopee ski hill has a maximum vertical drop of 200 ft (61 m). There is an average annual snowfall of 133 centimetres (52 in).[1] Winter sports include alpine skiing, snowboarding and a tubing park.

Summer activities include tennis, volleyball, high and low ropes courses, a 30 feet (9.1 m) rock-climbing wall, an 18-hole disc golf course (opened May 2009), mountain bike trails and a BMX course / PINES Bridge Park.

Chicopee also offers extensive summer and winter camp programs, as well as corporate retreats with teambuilding exercises.

A view from the bottom of North.

Runs[edit]

There are 15 runs at Chicopee.

Run Name Difficulty
Beginner Terrain Park
Little Foot Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg Easiest
Tenderfoot Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg Easiest
Camel's Hump Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg Most Difficult
Easy Rider Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg More Difficult
North Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg More Difficult
Chicane Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg More Difficult
Mic-Mac Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg More Difficult
Roughshod Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg Most Difficult
Apple Bowl Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg Most Difficult
Terrain Park Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg Most Difficult
Front Ski trail rating symbol-blue square.svg More Difficult
Sugar Bowl Ski trail rating symbol-black diamond.svg Most Difficult
Bear's Foot Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg Easiest
Rabbit's Foot Ski trail rating symbol-green circle.svg Easiest

Lifts[edit]

Chicopee uses a combination of different lifts, four are regular chairlifts and two magic carpets. The magic carpets are only used on beginner hills. There are two two person lifts, one three person lift and one four person lift.

Example of a 4-person Chairlift (Detachable)
Example of a 2-person Chairlift
Example of a Magic Carpet
Lift Name Length (ft) Vertical (ft) Type Ride Time (min) Capacity (people/hour) Make Year
North Chair 4 Person Fixed Chairlift 2,400 Leitner-Poma 2011[4]
Apple Bowl 3 Person Chairlift Poma 1991
Sugar Bowl 1,065 191 2 Person Chairlift 1,400 Borvig 1971
Tenderfoot 2 Person Chairlift Poma 1991
Rabbit's Foot Carpet Magic Carpet
Little Foot Carpet Magic Carpet

Programs[edit]

Chicopee offers a variety of winter programs available to all ages, including Snow School, Downhill Racing, and the Track-3 program. The Chicopee Race program offers the opportunity for anyone, no matter of age, to learn how to race in the Slalom or Giant Slalom disciple. This can be done through weekly programs, Christmas or March Break camps, or lessons.

Incidents[edit]

Kevin Loree Tobogganing Accident, 1977[edit]

Fifteen year old Kevin Loree died in a tobogganing accident.[5]

Paul Thompson Accident, February 17, 2000[edit]

Skier was skiing Easy Rider when he lost control and hit a pole. He was immobilized St. Mary's hospital where he later died.[5] [6] [7] [8]

Sugar Bowl Lift Failure, December 29, 2010[edit]

Approximately 40 people were stranded on the Sugar Bowl lift and were rescued using a rope harness.[9] [10]

North Chair Lift Failure, January 2, 2013[edit]

An electrical fault triggered the emergency brake and left approximately 100 people stranded, who were rescued using a rope harness.[11]

Membership and Attendance[edit]

Year Membership Attendance
2012 5,000[12] 200,000[12]
2009 4,500[13] 275,000[13]
2006 6,000[14]
2001 2,800[14]
1999 116,000[15]

Rates[edit]

Memberships[edit]

Year Adult Junior Senior Tot eXpress Pass
(M-F, Sat Eve)
Legends (75+) Discounts Notes
1990 $228.92
1995 $261.11
2000 $331
2001 $349
2009/2010 $589 (18-59)

$549/Nov
$509/Sep
$469/Jul

$499 (7-17)

$459/Nov
$429/Sep
$399/Jul

$539 (60+)

$499/Nov
$469/Sep
$429/Jul

$75 (2-6)

$70/Nov
$65/Sep
$60/Jul

$379

$349/Nov
$329/Sep
$299/Jul

$159 (M-F, Sat Eve) Family Discounts: 2:5% 3:7.5% 4:10% 5+:12.5% Includes $20 food voucher except Tot
2010/2011 $589 (7-74)

$549/Nov 30
$509/Sep 30
$439/Apr 30

discontinued discontinued $75 (2-6)

$70/Nov 30
$65/Sep 30
$60/Apr 30

$409

$379/Nov 30
$349/Sep 30
$299/Apr 30

$179 Family Discounts: $140 off each additional full member membership Includes $20 food voucher except Tot
2011/2012 $589 (7-74)

$549/Nov 30
$509/Sep 30
$439/Apr 30

$75 (2-6)

$70/Nov 30
$65/Sep 30
$60/Apr 30

$409

$379/Nov 30
$349/Sep 30
$299/Apr 30

$179 (M-F, Sat Eve) Full Memberships volume: 2:$390 each, 3:$360 each, 4:$345 each, 5+ free Includes $20 food voucher except Tot
2012/2013 $580 (7-74)

$480/Sep 30
$440/Jun 8

$95 (0-6)

$65/Sep 30
$55/Jun 8

$415

$315/Sep 30
$275/Jun 8

$295 (M-F, Sat Eve)

$195/Sep 30
$155/Jun 8

Full Memberships: Second:$100 discount, 3&4:$140 discount, 5+:free Includes $20 food voucher except Tot

Tax not included

Tickets[edit]

Year Beginner
2Hr
Beginner
4Hr
Beginner
Full Day
Junior
2Hr
Junior
4Hr
Junior
Full Day
Senior
2Hr
Senior
4Hr
Senior
Full Day
Regular
2Hr
Regular
4Hr
Regular
Full Day
Tot End of Day
(M-Sat)
2009/2010 $14 $18 $22 $25 $29 $33 $28 $32 $36 $31 $35 $39 $5 $20
2010/2011 $16 $20 $24 disc. disc. disc. disc. disc. disc. $30 $35 $40 $5 $20
2011/2012 $18 $22 $26 $33 $38 $44 $6 $22
2012/2013 $16 $20 $24 $30 $35 $40 $6 disc.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Weather Network Statistics for Kitchener, Ontario". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  2. ^ "Canadian Ski Year Book, 1938, pg 152". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  3. ^ "Bill PR20 1981". Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  4. ^ Davis, Brent (December 12, 2011). "New Chicopee chairlift waiting for snow". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  5. ^ a b Cannon, Steve (February 17, 2000). "Ski fatality was accident, police say, but investigation continues". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  6. ^ "Skier was 'a real nice kid'". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). February 14, 2000. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  7. ^ "Skier killed at Chicopee after sliding into obstacle". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). February 13, 2000. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  8. ^ Reinhart, Tony (February 12, 2000). "Man dead after ski mishap". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  9. ^ "Skiers get stuck on chair lift at Chicopee Ski Club". CKCO (Canada: CTV Southwestern Ontario). December 29, 2010. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  10. ^ Davis, Brent (December 30, 2010). "Skiers stuck on stricken lift". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  11. ^ "IN BRIEF". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). January 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  12. ^ a b Service Efficiency Study, Final Report, The Corporation of the City of Toronto, 2012, retrieved 2013-01-08 
  13. ^ a b Member & Neighbourhood News, Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort, Spring 2009, retrieved 2013-01-08 
  14. ^ a b Killeen, Kelly (July 13, 2006). "Chicopee adds two attractions; Ropes course and climbing wall part of ski club's year-round vision". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). Retrieved 2013-01-08. 
  15. ^ Thompson, Catherine (June 18, 1999). "Ski club seeks tax break". Torstar Corporation (Canada: Waterloo Region Record). Retrieved 2013-01-08. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 43°25′59″N 80°25′14″W / 43.43318°N 80.420684°W / 43.43318; -80.420684