Devastating Fire at Hardwood Ski and Bike
Trails Re-opened Jan. 6
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 the praised 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.
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.