Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club has sights set on new day lodge.

1/9/2018

The Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club in Fort St. John is looking to $5,000 to get the ball rolling on the construction of a new day lodge.

The ski club will be the host organization for the cross country skiing events during the upcoming 2020 BC Winter Games.

But before Fort St. John welcomes the rest of the province to the Peace Region, the club says they need a bigger space to organize events, and more importantly, warm up.

"We are going to be bringing in people from around the province and there is going to be kids, coaches, officials will be coming in that area and we need to have a place that's got power, it's got heat, it's the community space so that we can welcome people to the venue. I mean it would be like having a speed skating event outside with nowhere warm to go warm up," said Eliza Stanford, President of the Whiskey Jack Nordic Ski Club.

The volunteer-based organization has already begun planning construction of a new lodge in Beatton Provincial Park.

Currently they are looking to raise $5,000 to hire an architect to draw up blueprints.

The club says grants should cover the additional building costs, and if it all goes according to plan, the lodge will be open to the public in December 2019.

"It's long been at the top of our desires for the club is to have such a facility but the legacy is forever. So that the way that it's purposed right now is very low maintenance, it's not going to cost the club a lot so for future members it's going to be really easy to maintain and it's just an invaluable community assist," said Stanford.

The club says the lodge would be part of the Beatton Provincial Park trail system.