BHA was pleased to received the official announcement from Sioux City and our colleagues at SEH about the Sioux City Cone Park Grand Opening scheduled for December 19th 2017.

From 2015 to 2016, BHA worked in concert with SEHV&KTorrent Eng and RRC to create the plans for this brand new all-season park located in Sioux City, Iowa.  It is a pleasure to see how the plans came to realities, with a high tech LED lighting system and on-hill music, a modern all-season lodge with a cozy outdoor fire pit overlooking the hill, a refrigerated ice skating rink that will convert into a splash pad in the Summer and of course the tube park, Cone Park is fully ready to receive its first guests!

Cone Park Lodge.  SEH December 2017

CONE PARK OPENING DATE

Ribbon Cutting: Tuesday, December 19 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
Park Opening: Thursday, December 21 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

View from the top of the Tube Park, Sioux City Cone Park. SEH December 2017

for more information

http://siouxcityjournal.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/snow-making-in-full-force-at-cone-park-as-city/article_ce0636ec-4c23-5bde-8a2f-3e63a28a4b41.html

and

https://www.sioux-city.org/government/departments-g-p/parks-recreation-department/cone-park#ad-image-0

Great news in Big White! The resort’s employees will soon have new housing available to them. Offering direct connection to the village, skiing facilities and work place, the first building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in 2018. BHA worked with the Big White team to develop a multi-phase plan which included the site layout and grading, in addition to rezoning and development documentation. The modular construction, the attention to environmental impact and the resort’s active involvement in providing affordable housing to their employees brings this project in line with Big White’s vision and long term sustainability plan. This is a timely development as it comes during a period when the housing situation in BC is of growing concern.

For more information on this project which aims to efficiently house the resort’s employees while offering a great lifestyle to its residents, see the links below:

https://www.go2hr.ca/articles/big-white-builds-new-staff-accommodations-address-housing-challenges

https://www.bigwhite.com/explore-big-white/blog/mountain-news/big-white-ski-resort-invests-35m-new-staff-accommodation

Big White Staff Housing under construction

 

The Cone Park Lodge, a major component of the Sioux City’s All-Season Cone Park Master Plan, is nearing completion and may open for the 2017/2018 winter season.  The Lodge will serve as the hub for the future Cone Park guests ice skating or tubing on the adjacent slopes, offering a warm spot to relax, warm up, and recharge.  The Lodge will also be used as an all-season community hub for events or private functions, such as weddings.

BHA was brought onto the Cone Park Master Plan as the Recreation and Park Planner to provide an assessment of the physical realities of the site, and develop an integrated, well-balanced site plan.  This great project was a collaboration between BHA and the professionals from SEH, V&K, Torrent Eng. and RRC.

The preferred concept linked a lite ice skating rink and tube park, snowboarding and skiing facilities, multi-use trails, and splash pad for summer, with an accessible base and parking area. The completion of the Cone Park Lodge represents the next step towards the realization of the Master Plan for Cone Park.

The Lodge’s progress is showcased in the Sioux City Journal.

Earlier this month the SLRD (Squamish-Lillooet Regional District) selected the BHA team to undertake the Pemberton Valley Trails Master Plan.  We are honored to be able to play a leading role in this exciting planning project that is scheduled to begin in the next weeks.  Looking into one of the key trail areas of the Sea to Sky corridor, the Master Plan will act as a reference document proving a series a tools that will support the sustainability of this trail system and its community.

To learn more about that beautiful area http://pembertontrails.com/

 

 

For a second time, the BHA team will join the delegates of the Mountain Bike Symposium. This year, we will travel to Revelstoke to attend to this vibrant conference.  We are looking forward to tossing some ideas around with some of the bike tourism industry experts.

“THE MTB TOURISM SYMPOSIUM IS A GATHERING OF CREATIVE MINDS WITH A VESTED INTEREST IN ADVANCING THE FUTURE OF MOUNTAIN BIKE TOURISM IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.”

           http://mtbtourismsymposium.ca/

2017 BC Mountain Bike Tourism Symposium – Revelstoke – September 13 to 15 2017

From vision to reality…  Today, August 4th 2017, is the opening day of the Big White Bike Park. All of the BHA staff are ecstatic to see one of our project being brought to reality. We send all our best wishes to the Big White Bike Park team and everyone that has been part of this epic journey. See you on trails!

For more info

https://www.castanet.net/news/Kelowna/203358/Bikers-take-to-the-slopes

https://www.bigwhite.com/summer/mountain-biking

https://mtbparks.com/British-Columbia/309-Bike-Big-White/View-details.html?item_id=120

BHA was hired by Big White in the summer of 2015 to create the Big White Bike Park Master Plan.  We are proud to see the trails finally open for the public.

The BHA team was pleased to be part of the action in Lake Louise last week. As the 49th annual CWSAA Spring Conference unfolded at the beautiful Chateau Lake Louise, it was a great opportunity to capture the latest news from the ski industry and share our passion for the mountains with fellow CWSAA members.  After a successful winter season for most of the resorts, it was also an occasion for celebration and great snowy story telling for many of us.   As the primary CWSAA get together of the year, it is always a pleasure to connect with old and new friends from the ski industry. Thanks to everyone who made this year’s conference a success with a great speaker line up, beautiful venue and well planned schedule.

A lot to do and see at the 2017 CWSAA Spring Conference. April 25-27 2017 Chateau Lake Louise. Photo: BHA

In the summer of 2016, BHA and Alpine Bike Park teamed up to bring Big White Bike Park to life.

Please follow the link to Pink Bike to see more pictures of the trails and the construction project.

 

http://www.pinkbike.com/news/big-white-bike-park-2016.html