Nitehawk seems to be on an upswing as it was recently awarded the tender for Wee-Links and the campgrounds at South Bear Creek and is now looking at expanding its summer offerings at the ski hill.
“Here at the ski hill we are looking at getting into summer tubing, so that’s going to be something new that people can watch for. We’re just in talks with the supplier for essentially…a giant slip and slide. It’s got inflatable bumpers on either side and it’ll be two lanes ending in water,” said assistant general manager Johnathan Clarkson.
The extension of the winter tube run into the summer is expected to generate more revenue. Clarkson said the recent addition of the 2,000 sq.ft. lower chalet near the tube run saw a quadrupling of revenue in the tube zone this winter.
“That’s definitely made an improvement with running water washrooms, a cafeteria, and a kitchen down there and private party rooms for people to rent for birthday parties. We see that as an asset going into the summer as well, especially with summer tubing and still being able to continue birthday parties as well.”
Clarkson also said birthday parties at Wee Links and events such as glow-ball tournaments is another revenue stream for the organization.
“Definitely, our creative wheels are certainly spinning and our team is really excited for this (the golf course and campground).”
Last year, the ski hill’s operational budget was $1.6 million. Clarkson said the tube run will cost Nitehawk about $25,000 to purchase.
The summer tube run will open this June, depending on weather.
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