While some Canadian ski resorts say cold weather is keeping people away, not so at Castle Mountain west of Pincher Creek.
“The parking lot is full,” and guests are enjoying plenty of fresh powder snow, spokesperson Andrea Leckie reported.
“People are in good spirits,” due in part to 42 centimetres of snow received over the last 48 hours.
Winds are light, she says.
“And people come anticipating the cold.”
On Friday, 82 of the resort’s 94 trails were reported open, with five of the seven lifts operating.
Meanwhile, cabin owners and visitors were preparing for New Year’s celebrations on the weekend, Leckie said.
Local franchisee files lawsuit
A local Tim Hortons franchisee has filed a lawsuit against the parent company following the recent closure of the Tim Hortons kiosk in the southside Walmart.
David Hughes is the operator of a number of Tim Hortons franchises and for the past 10 years operated the Tim Hortons kiosk located in the southside Walmart.
He is also the president of the Great White North Franchisee Association, a group of concerned Tim Hortons franchisees formed in response to claims of mismanagement of Tim Hortons by TDL Group Corp. — the franchising entity for Tim Hortons — as well as parent company Restaurant Brands International.
According to their website, the GWNFA boasts 50 per cent of Canadian franchisees. The group claims RBI is actively working against the GWNFA and numerous issues have resulted in lawsuits amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars.
This year, when Hughes’ kiosk franchise came up for renewal, he chose not to renew.
Cold hard on homeless
The current cold snap represents a serious health hazard for homeless people in Lethbridge, but the fact it has come during the Christmas holiday could actually be a benefit for many.
Marie McLennan, associate director of philanthropy at Streets Alive Mission, said if there is a benefit regarding the weather over the holiday season, it is that many of the people they assist are currently spending time with friends and family out of the cold.
“It’s a little bit better because a lot of our clients have gone to family over the holidays,” she said. “We’re not as busy as we normally would, given a cold snap like this. But it’s still something we are really concerned about.”
McLennan said the work done at Streets Alive is essentially the same regardless of how cold it becomes or when it occurs.
“Our services really don’t change whether it’s a cold week before Christmas, or a cold week during Christmas, or a cold week in March,” she said. “We feed the hungry and we clothe the cold.”
However, when the weather turns dangerous, Streets Alive staff are careful about checking for frostbite and ensuring hot coffee and cocoa are on hand. Visitors to the facility are given extra socks and warm layers when they come in, and are encouraged to spend time inside soaking up the heat before venturing out again.