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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club is ready to break ground on its new day lodge.

The club announced Friday that after a long wait and three years of fundraising, a groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for August 5th at 5 p.m.

According to day lodge project manager Eliza Stanford, the creation of the lodge will turn the Whiskey Jack Ski club into a day trip, instead of a quick pop-in.

“It becomes more of a destination, as opposed to just going for a ski, and then leave,” said the former 18-year club president.

Stanford has taken the role of managing the day lodge project and former Fort St. John Councillor Becky Grimsrud has taken over as club president.

“I almost feel like the easy part was finding the money, and now the hard part is going to be managing this project. We are hiring a contractor, so hopefully, they’re going to take the stress part, and I just have to manage the money.”

Since the budget for the project was created at the prices of two years ago, Stanford says suddenly the amount of money raised wasn’t enough.

“I had to go back to one of our funders, Northern Development Initiative Trust, and they said they had more funds available in a new program. I had a week to do it, and I got it.”

Stanford says the construction project will likely impact the ski season, but she says it’s going to be exciting to watch the day lodge take shape.

“There will be a construction site at the trailhead, but that’s okay. It will definitely be very motivating to go there, go skiing, and see how the day lodge is coming along.”


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