Troll Ski Resort is hoping for a big dump of snow to usher in a new season of winter fun.
The ski area east of Quesnel is seeking to open on Saturday, Dec. 11, as it celebrates its 50th anniversary.
“If the weather had allowed, we would be open earlier, but looking at the forecast, I think that’s about as optimistic as we can be,” said owner Hildur Sinclair.
Troll was founded by Sinclair’s father, Lars Fossberg, in 1972.
Over the years it has grown, playing an essential role in bringing joy to the region amid its long winters.
Sinclair said their ski school run by general manager Scott Zacharias has expanded, forging a positive relationship with School District 28 and allowing those new to the sport to pick it up.
Rentals include up to date equipment.
“I think he would be happy to see that Troll has grown with the community and the people of Quesnel are still able to enjoy it,” Sinclair said of Fossberg, who passed away two decades ago.
“That’s what we want to continue to be—rather than a family run business, an important part of the Quesnel community.”
Night skiing will be available for the first time in 20 years after LED lights were installed.
Troll has also expanded its parking lot.
A vaccine passport will be required to enter the lodge, and individuals without one will be able to purchase their ticket through a window outside where outhouses will be available.
“A nice way to sort of break up your winter day, your winter week, is to get out and enjoy the sunshine,” Sinclair said.
“At Troll we’re blessed with being south facing, so we do get a lot of sunny days out here and it just makes you feel good.”