Asessippi Ski Area and Resort is busy getting ready for the winter season and finishing up the half-million-dollar upgrade in the beginner area, snow tubing park and more.
“The most significant purchase that shaped the plans for all of the work this season is the new 650-foot Magic Carpet,” Spencer Reavie, president of Asessippi Resort, said in a release on Wednesday.
Similar to a moving sidewalk, the carpet is a conveyor belt that can move guests and their equipment all the way up to the top of the beginner run.
This lift will serve both the newly expanded downhill snow tubing park and the reshaped beginner run.
“The grade of the slope on the bunny run was evened out this summer. That means a larger area devoted to the learning centre and greater up hill capacity for our guests,” Reavie explained.
The new carpet lift, named the Ollie Express after the resort’s new porcupine mascot, replaces the need for a handle tow in the beginner area.
This is good news for the snowboarders who use the Robin’s Run terrain park, that handle tow has been relocated to this area.
The smaller carpet has also been relocated to a new smaller beginner area located just above the village area.
“We’ve regraded a lot of the beginner area, and we've expanded our downhill snowtubing park because this conveyer belt will be able to service both areas, side by side,” said Roz Pulo, director of marketing at the Asessippi Ski Area and Resort.
“Your snowtube, your skis, your snowboard, whatever, you can just step on this carpet, and it takes you up to the top. You can go right for the downhill snowtubing parks and left for the beginning area. It opens up a lot of space that wasn't being utilized.”
Expansion to the downhill snow tubing park will now offer guests a choice of six or more lanes, which will be split into two areas — one for faster and slower descents.
Modifications to the Squirrel Chair are also being done and are designed to be to improve the operation of the chair and will also allow a slight increase on the capacity.
Currently all of this work is still underway but the resort is on schedule to make the tentative Dec. 7 opening day, weather permitting.
Snow making will begin sometime in November as soon as the conditions allow.
Asessippi is also busy recruiting the 150 staff they will need this winter, so if you are interested you can head to the website for more details at: asessippi.com
Asessippi Ski Area and Resort is located just west of Inglis, near the Manitoba/Saskatchewan border.
» Submitted, with files from Matt Goerzen
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition November 1, 2012