Boler Mountain grabbed snowboards and skis to break ground on its new multi-million dollar chalet project.
London West MPP Peggy Sattler, Mayor Matt Brown and Ward 9 Councillor Anna Hopkins were present at the ceremony on Friday afternoon.
“I think it is so important to see so many people out celebrating today,” Brown told AM980. “This is a community gem, we all recognize that and it adds to the quality of life for Londoners.”
The $6.1 million building will be built at the base of the mountain over the coming year.
Boler Mountain co-manager Greg Strauss said that the 16,000 square foot, three-storey facility will bring a new level of guest services for enthusiasts of outdoor activities.
The new building replaces the former chalet, which is 44-years-old.
“It’s not giving the guest the experience they need and wish to enjoy,” Strauss said. “It will be an all year round facility so that we can do weddings, banquets and corporate functions throughout the summer as well.”
According to officials, it is the most financially ambitious undertaking in Boler’s 70 year history.
“It’s a draw not only for Londoners but for people across southwestern Ontario,” Brown said. “120,000 people visited this facility over the past year.”
The chalet is expected to be operational in time for the 2017-18 snow season.