The Le­gacy of Chummy Broomhall

Trails Re-opened Jan. 6

SkiTrax - - Contents - by Peter Graves

Hard­wood Ski and Bike near Bar­rie, Ont. suf­fered a dev­as­tat­ing fire this past Christ­mas Day that broke out in the main chalet of the pop­u­lar re­sort, ap­prox­i­mately 90 min­utes north of Toronto. No one was hurt in the fire, but ma­te­rial dam­age is es­ti­mated at ap­prox­i­mately $1 mil­lion [CDN].

The chalet and most of its con­tents were ren­dered un­us­able, but the cen­tre’s trails re­opened on Jan. 6. Mean­while, portable wash­rooms have been set up and a wax­ing hut has been con­verted into a warm- up hut. Man­age­ment is also work­ing to re­store food ser­vices.

“This is the first step in a long jour­ney to full re­cov­ery. I am op­ti­mistic that Hard­wood, with the sup­port of our com­mu­nity, will be back stronger than ever be­fore,” said Gareth Houben, Hard­wood’s pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager.

Hard­wood man­age­ment also praised the com­mu­nity sup­port they have been re­ceiv­ing; nearby High­lands Nordic will hon­our cur­rent Hard­wood sea­son passes.

In mid- Jan­uary, var­i­ous dis­counts and re­funds were an­nounced, in­clud­ing a 20% re­duc­tion for sea­son-pass hold­ers. Some pro­grams were dis­rupted and reg­u­lar progress up­dates have been posted on the Hard­wood web­site, which also re­ported “ex­cel­lent” trail con­di­tions.

“I am ex­cited that we will be able to get back to ski­ing on the great trails at Hard­wood. The staff has been work­ing very hard to get us started back on the road to a big­ger and bet­ter Hard­wood Ski and Bike,” said Jack Sas­seville, past pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Hard­wood Ski and Bike.

The cause of the fire was at­trib­uted to an elec­tri­cal fault. Some 70 em­ploy­ees work at Hard­wood. Apart from Nordic- ski­ing ac­tiv­i­ties, the site is also known for moun­tain bik­ing and was the venue for that sport at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www. hard­wood­skiand­bike.com. – JS

Hard­wood man­age­ment praised the com­mu­nity sup­port.

Christ­mas Day fire at Hard­wood Ski and bike ... for­tu­nately no one was hurt.

The chalet was un­us­able, but plans are un­der­way to come back big­ger and bet­ter.

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