Kitchener, Canada — While it’s definitely not the biggest ski resort in the province, Chicopee has a lot of charm. Founded on December 29, 1934, the non-profit ski area has been the local shredding spot for the cities of Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo. It will expand in the coming years.

CTV News Kitchener reported in April that Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort plans to expand its ski resort. The first phase, which is currently underway, will expand the learning center. Next season, they will introduce a new trail to the Learning Center zone. Tree removal has commenced, as it took eight years to get the tree-clearing permit for this part of the project. According to City News, they plan to add new magic carpet lifts, along with a quad chairlift for the beginner area. In addition, they are currently renovating their base lodge.

The next major project will be a larger terrain expansion, catering to advanced skiers and riders. Chicopee’s CEO Bill Creighton told CTV News about this terrain expansion:

“We have a strategic plan over the next 10 years to increase the runs, increase the elevation of our hill, and increase the number of lifts here at Chicopee.”

This part of the expansion will feature five runs and a new chairlift, increasing the ski resort’s vertical drop by 10 meters (roughly 33 feet). The expansion will feature a mogul run, race course, and more advanced terrain. These trails along lift will be on the Fairway Road side of the hill. They’re currently working on environmental assessments with the Grand River Conservation Authority (GRCA) to ensure they’re doing this part of the expansion correctly. Due to the amount of trees that will need to be cut down, Chicopee plans to install over 8000 trees around the hill by the time they’re done with these expansions.

All this growth sounds like a big win for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.

Image Credits: Chicopee Ski & Summer Resort

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