Keeping any ski area open and running is great for the sport. Small, local hills like Big Tupper are vitally important because they provide a lower-cost alternative and they introduce people to skiing. Kudos to the volunteers at Big Tupper for all their efforts over the past few years.
But it’s not all good news. ARISE has bridged the ski area’s funding gap by:
- Selling a groomer (after selling off the snowmaking equipment several years earlier)
- Formerly paid employees will now be volunteers
- Using funds saved by not operating last winter
- Additional community fund-raising
- Raising ticket prices