Lower visits, revenue reported as pandemic measures created unpredictable ski season -CHAT News Today.ca

May 3, 2021 9:42 AM

CALGARY — Measures to control the COVID-19 pandemic made for a bumpy ride for most of the ski and snowboard industry in Canada, as revenues slumped even at resorts that were able to maintain near-normal lift ticket sales in a season that’s coming to a close.

While some resorts are reporting increases in visits thanks to local support, most were hurt by the loss of well-heeled international guests as well as COVID-19 related disruptions to food and guest services, said Paul Pinchbeck, CEO of the Canadian Ski Council.

“Across Canada, we’re probably looking at a 35 to 40 per cent decline in our total revenues,” he said in an interview, though he noted the impact varies widely from region to region.

Western resorts cater to a destination traveller who spends more money, “whereas the eastern resorts and the small resorts tend to have a local who comes all the time, but doesn’t have quite as high a spend.”

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A pathway to Airdrie? How a citizen’s proposal captured the city’s imagination – CBC News

Airdrie, Rocky View County and Calgary would need to work together to make this pitch a reality

Helen Pike · CBC News · Posted: Apr 28, 2021 7:50 AM MT | Last Updated: April 28

Matthew Hicks bikes to Airdrie at least once a week to meet with clients for his photography business. (Helen Pike/CBC)

Airdrie is seriously considering a bike and pedestrian pathway that would connect the city to Calgary. 

Last week, the Airdrie city council reviewed a pitch complete with costs, stakeholders to engage, and a planned-out route to pave the path — and the idea, funnily enough, was presented by a Calgary-based photographer.

About a year ago, Matthew Hicks invested in an electronic cargo bike to cut his emissions for client meetings and shoots in Calgary. But he quickly realized that between pedaling and the extra electric-assisted power, he could push his bike range to Airdrie. 

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COVID-19 stopped travel and spurred Canadians to get outside or go camping instead. Some of them have left a real mess – The Star

By Douglas QuanVancouver Bureau
Alex BoydCalgary BureauSat., Aug. 29, 2020

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For avid Calgary-based hiker Sarah Kuindersma, the tempest began with a coffee cup.

In June, she set out for the Devil’s Thumb, a protuberance of rock that looms above the iconic blue waters of Lake Louise in Banff National Park. Kuindersma had heard that people were flocking to the Rocky Mountains, so she brought extra garbage bags in anticipation she’d find litter.

She was stunned by what she saw: granola bars and wrappers, masks and single-use water bottles dotted the dirt trail. She stuffed four grocery bags as she made her way up the path.

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Take The Scenic Route: Calgary To Vancouver Via Crowsnest Pass – Travel Awaits

A road trip from Calgary to Vancouver has two main route choices. The popular Coquihalla route (about 11 hours drive time) uses Highway 1/the Trans-Canada Highway and Highway 5/the Coquihalla Highway. The southern route via Highway 3/the Crowsnest Highway takes about 14 hours.

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