When the COVID-19 pandemic finally winds, the Hallis Lake Ski Centre lodge should be a destination for hosting events.
Thanks to the Quesnel Community Foundation and Northern Development Initiative Trust (NDIT), the Cariboo Ski Touring Club was able to upgrade the acoustics, seating, and projector inside their lodge.
Cariboo Ski Touring Club director Ron Watteyne said they’ve managed to host some events even with hard benches and terrible acoustics.
“This enhancement is going to make a huge difference in people wanting to come,” he said. “In times past people have brought their lawn chairs because they didn’t want a sore butt.”
The upgrades cost $18,619. The upgrades include 85 chairs, a new sound system, motorized screen, and high definition projector. The community foundation contributed $9,500 with the NDIT putting in just over $7,000.
The installation was completed by ABC Communications, and the Cariboo Ski Touring Club donated 186 hours of volunteer work.
According to Watteyne, the biggest change is the change in acoustics.
“It’s nice to be able to rent it out in the offseason to someone that’s looking to do a workshop,” he said.
The club has also installed a security system to monitor the new equipment throughout their off-season.
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