FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After three years of planning and fundraising, the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club’s Day Lodge is expected to be complete by February 2022.

Builders began putting the roof beams on the lodge this week at Beatton Provincial Park.

In an interim report presented to the Peace River Regional District’s Rural Budgets Administration Committee, the WJNSC says the project is now fully funded and will not require the rural loan agreement that was to be provided by the PRRD.

The total projected cost for the project has risen to approximately $725,000, including a 20 per cent contingency.

The club says after spending time and resources on the project, only to have the bids for construction come in over budget, they’ve gone with a design that is similar to their initial idea but with efficiencies that will bring the total cost down.

“The end cost is higher than originally budgeted for but lower than all the competing bids,” the club said in the interim report.

The club claims that the completion of this project is like no other piece of infrastructure they’ve ever built.

“The day lodge is the feature that will cement the club’s future by bringing in more members, connecting skiers and enabling the club to host more varied non-competitive events,” the WJNSC said.

The club received $40,000 in funding from the PRRD’s Fair Share program, a regional property tax pool unique to the BC Peace Region.

“The WJNSC is extremely grateful for the PRRD Fair Share funding as we need a certain amount of our funding to be in the form of cash on hand, as all bills need to be paid in full before we can submit for reimbursement from our two major funders,” WJNSC said.

A complete list of funders to the Day Lodge project is as follows: