Ski Wentworth in win-win situation
WENTWORTH - Thanks to some government funding, Ski Wentworth will be getting $3.2 million worth of upgrades this summer.
The announcement was made Monday in preparation for the Canada Winter Games being held in the Halifax area Feb. 11 to 27, 2011.
"We're absolutely thrilled. This is going to be the biggest event held in Nova Scotia," said Leslie Wilson, general manager of Ski Wentworth.
"This will be a win-win for both the high performance athletes and the general public."
Wilson said Ski Wentworth has been working with the host society for several months in terms of
the upgrades and was very excited when the announcement was made official.
"Ski Wentworth will be a very busy place this summer. The plan is to have the work started this summer and finished so we can have a test event the year before."
During the Canada Winter Games, Ski Wentworth will be host to the alpine and freestyle skiing events.
On the freestyle side, Wilson said the hill will see new moguls and aerial platform, as well as upgrades to the existing half-pipe.
Improvements will also be made to the racing trail for the alpine events.
"We're also going to increase our snow-making capacity, which will help us get more trails open faster."
In total, three levels of government are investing $15 million to improve Ski Wentworth, Ski Martock just outside Windsor and 11 other sporting venues in the province.
Ski Martock will see $4.2 million worth of upgrades.
Of the $15 million, Halifax Regional Municipality will contribute $7 million, while the government of Canada and the province have each committed $3 million.
The host society will contribute the rest.
The capital funding is part of the $31-million investment from federal, provincial and municipal governments.
More than 2,700 athletes are expected to compete in more than 20 sports during the 2011 Winter Games.