High winds downed trees and forced the closure of all lifts at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Katelyn Mudry photo.

High winds downed trees and forced the closure of all lifts at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Katelyn Mudry photo.

UPDATED: All chairs at KAR closed for the day due to dangerous winds

The Tamarack Chair at Kimberley Alpine Resort is closed due to a power outage on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 13, meaning the only lift open is the Easter Chair, as the Northstar Quad is still awaiting repair and has been down since Jan. 2.

Easter Chair is still up and running, and some dedicated skiers are hiking it up to access all the snow that has fallen over the past two days.

READ MORE: KAR’s main chairlift could be back up and running by Sunday

The resort has closed their upper parking lot and asks guests to park in the main lot at the lower base. The carpet is closed, but the T-Bar is still open.

Current conditions are very gusty with snow blowing so if you are skiing, make sure you do so with extra caution.

As of the time of writing the resort is unsure when the Tamarack Chair will be working again.

UPDATE

High winds and dangerous conditions have forced KAR to make the decision to close all chairs for the remainder of the day.

Local skier Katelyn Mudry told the Bulletin that before the lift closed it was an epic day at the ski hill.

“It’s always so great to see such keen people in Kimberley with such good attitudes,” Mudry said. “Even though the Tamarack Chair was down there was a good amount of skiers skinning and hiking and hauling their snowboards up to the Easter chair. “The runs that we had on Easter were amazing with over 25 cm of powder and barely a soul to be seen.

Mudry added that her morning ski came to an end at around 11:30 a.m. when the Easter chair was closed due to high winds and multiple downed trees.

“Skiing back down to our car we saw multiple uprooted trees and there is debris over many of the runs,” she said. “Thanks so much to everybody at Kimberley Alpine resort for all the hard work they do keeping everybody safe and happy even with all of the ups and downs of the season so far and we know that they’re going to do their best to get the trails back in tip top shape after today’s epic wind storm.”



paul.rodgers@kimberleybulletin

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

 

High winds downed trees and forced the closure of all lifts at Kimberley Alpine Resort. Katelyn Mudry photo.

Just Posted

Kootenay-Columbia MP Rob Morrison speaks during Question Period in the House of Commons. File photo.
MP Morrison calls Keystone XL permit cancellation ‘devastating news’

Kootenay-Columbia MP reacts to the Conservative Party’s removal of a controversial Ontario MP

Interior Health reported 91 new COVID-19 cases in the region Jan. 20, 2021 and three additional deaths. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
95 new COVID-19 cases in Interior Health, two deaths

Another member of Vernon’s Noric House has passed

Vernon-North Okanagan RCMP was called to a report of a fight at an Okanagan Landing Halloween party Saturday, Oct. 31, but issued the homeowner a ticket  under the COVID-19 Related Measures Act for having too many people at the party. (Black Press file photo)
Police investigating after woman dragged, run over by truck in Jimsmith area

A woman sustained severe injuries after being allegedly pushed out a truck,… Continue reading

letter
LETTERS: Travel to Kimberley

A second home owner appreciates Mayor’s comments; a resident doesn’t agree

Businesses continue to struggle under COVID-19 restrictions as the pandemic reaches the one-year mark. (B.C. government)
Another 564 COVID-19 cases, mass vaccine plan coming Friday

15 more deaths, community cluster declared in Williams Lake

A specialized RCMP team is investigating a suspicious trailer, which might have connections to the illicit drug trade, found abandoned outside a Cache Creek motel. (Photo credit: <em>Journal</em> files)
Police probe U-Haul trailer linked to illicit drugs left outside Cache Creek motel

Hazardous materials found inside believed to be consistent with the production of illicit drugs

Premier John Horgan leaves the podium following his first press conference of the year as he comments on various questions from the media in the Press Gallery at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, January 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Interprovincial travel restrictions a no-go, Horgan says after reviewing legal options

The B.C. NDP government sought legal advice as concerns of travel continue

Gem Lake Top, at Big White Ski Resort, seen at Jan. 8. (Big White Ski Resort)
Big White cancels $7.3M in lift tickets, accommodations due to COVID-19 orders

Since November, the ski resort has been forced to make several changes

Darlene Curylo scratched a $3M ticket, BCLC’s largest ever scratch and win prize. (BCLC)
Kelowna woman in shock after winning BCLC’s largest-ever instant-ticket prize

Darlene Curylo couldn’t believe her eyes when she saw the amount of money she’d won from a scratch ticket

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

While each person has different reasons for becoming homeless, a UBCO study shows they learn through their interactions with different services to perform ‘as homeless’ based on the expectations of service providers. (Contributed)
Kelowna homeless forced to ‘perform’ for resources, says UBCO study

One participant in the study said ‘It is about looking homeless, but not too homeless’

Gov. Gen. Julie Payette takes the royal salute from the Guard of Honour as she makes her way deliver the the throne speech, Wednesday, September 23, 2020 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Gov. Gen. Julie Payette resigns, apologizes for ‘tensions’ at Rideau Hall

Payette, who is the Queen’s representative in Canada, has been the governor general since 2017

Grounded WestJet Boeing 737 Max aircraft are shown at the airline’s facilities in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, May 7, 2019. WestJet will operate the first commercial Boeing 737 Max flight in Canada today since the aircraft was grounded in 2019 following two deadly crashes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Passengers unfazed as WestJet returns Boeing 737 Max to service on Vancouver flight

After a lengthy review process, Transport Canada cleared the plane to return to Canadian airspace

Most Read