Boler Mountain, Southwestern Ontario’s most dynamic destination for outdoor adventure, is embarking on an exciting new phase of development. A $6.1 million chalet will be built at the base of Boler over the coming year. The 16,000 square foot, three-level facility will bring a new level of guest services for enthusiasts of outdoor activities. It will be a community-use facility, perfect for private and corporate events.
"As we grew into a year-round centre, there was increasing demand from the community for a better chalet facility,” says Gary Curtis, President of the volunteer Board of Directors at Boler Mountain. “The new chalet will allow Boler Mountain to provide our guests with a spectacular view of the ski hill from a comfortable and accessible facility. The state of the art kitchen and dining facilities will also enable Boler to host weddings and corporate events in conjunction with our current slate of outdoor adventure activities," adds Curtis. The current chalet is 44 years old. It will remain on the property as an equipment rental shop.
Boler Mountain is a not-for-profit organization which has been the home to skiing for 70 years. It is a full snow-sport centre, mountain bike facility, has hiking trails, beach volleyball and is the home of Treetop Adventure. Nestled in west London, Boler attracts 120,000 visitors annually from across Southwestern Ontario and beyond. As well, school groups, corporate groups and special events organizers use the site for exercise, team-building and fun.
A ground-breaking ceremony and BBQ lunch will take place on:
Friday November 4, 2016
Boler Mountain, 689 Griffith Street, London.
Boler Mountain has become a part of many area families lives and an important part of their healthful, active outdoor winter lifestyle. Boler is operated by a combination of trained volunteers and paid employees. Any and all surplus from annual operations have been used to maintain and extend the recreational facilities.
"The management team is excited about delivering this next stage of "Boler Builds" as this will, again, enhance our guest experience to our existing users while also generating new guests," says Greg Strauss, a co-manager of Boler. "Our entire team is dedicated to deliver this project in an efficient and seamless manner. This is another great addition for Boler Mountain, the city of London, and Southwestern Ontario," adds Marty Thody, co-manager. Boler employs full-time and seasonal staff including students.
In the fall of 2015, Boler Mountain engaged a London architect firm, Tillman Ruth Robinson, and the California based chalet specialists BSA to work collaboratively on designing a new chalet. The project has been financed by Libro. It will be built by Agri-Urban Buildings Inc., (AUBI) of Chatham, Ontario. AUBI previously built a snow-making centre at Boler. The company won a competitive bid for the chalet build.
The new facility will hold special events for up to 200 people with a full–service food and beverage operation. It will also provide a comfortable space for those who wish to relax by the fireplace and enjoy spectacular views and enhanced food services. The building will be fully accessible with an elevator. Sponsorship opportunities of the new chalet are now being coordinated by the Board of Directors. The Chalet is expected to be operational in time for the 2017-18 snow season. Building will take place over the 2016-17 season.
This project is the most financially ambitious undertaking by Boler Mountain in its 70-year history of continued growth. Most recently a new chair lift was installed. In 2012 Boler Mountain opened the West HIll Expansion offering an additional 5 snow runs with double the vertical of the original hill serviced by another quad chairlift. In 2013 the summer operations were expanded with the Treetop Adventure Park which quickly made Boler Mountain London's #1 outdoor attraction. Boler also expanded and improved its mountain bike trails in 2014.