HISTORY OF THE CLUB
The Tri Town Ski and Snowboard Club originated in the 1960’s and at that time was called The St. Bernard Ski Club. It was started and managed by a local ski enthusiast by the name of Mike Koshilka. Many local families enjoyed the opportunity to make downhill skiing part of their winter activities. The Poma lift provided reliable transportation from the bottom of the hill to the top where skiers enjoyed the spectacular view of Lorrain Valley and beautiful Lake Temiskaming.
In those days grooming was done with snow machines and after a heavy snowfall it was an all night job. Over the years the membership grew and the club changed its name to The Tri Town Ski Club. An enthusiastic group of cross country skiers maintained an extensive trail network of classic cross country trails.
Generous donations from local entrepreneurs in the 1980’s provided the funding to purchase the clubs first “real” groomer, a used Tucker made in Oregon, U.S.A. In the 1990’s the chalet was expanded and a Timberline Skyway T-Bar was added. The club prospered as a result of a large group of dedicated members including a new group of energetic snowboarders and the club was renamed The Tri Town Ski and Snowboard Club.
Over the years there have been many local families who have worked in all capacities to keep the ski hill operating including a dedicated group of Ski Patrollers and Ski instructors who braved the elements to provide a safe skiing environment. Pot luck suppers, Family Fun Days, Race Days, night skiing, sing songs, and lots of good fun helped maintain the friendly family atmosphere of the club.
Today the Ski Village continues to survive on community support and generous donations. A volunteer executive committee works hard to keep the club operating despite some recent poor winter seasons. As of recently the “Red Rocket” T-Bar and bombardier groomer both received overhauls to help maintain their longevity for upcoming years. The old poma was taken out of service & removed from the hill in 2012 and has recently been replaced with a handle tow and learners area.