Observers spot many species during Christmas bird counts
TRURO, N.S. – If you spend all day outside watching birds you may get some surprises.
Thousands of young people flock to the slopes at Ski Wentworth during the winter. The ski hill is offering transportation from Truro and Amherst to those wishing to continue skiing during the teachers’ work-to-rule action.
WENTWORTH, N.S. – Ski Wentworth wants to help young people reach the ski hill as long as the labour dispute continues between Nova Scotia teachers and the province.
Leslie Wilson, general manager at Ski Wentworth, says they are planning to run a bus from Truro on Thursdays and Fridays and from Amherst on Thursdays, at least for the month of January.
“We’re hoping by then everything will be back to normal, but until then we want to try and do something to help young people get to the ski hill,” she said.
Although intended to make up for the loss of school visits, anyone can take advantage of the busing option.
The busses will depart Truro and Amherst at 3:30 p.m., reach Ski Wentworth about 4:15 p.m. and will leave the hill at 8:30 p.m. Tickets should be purchased online the day before.
Wilson says a Ski Wentworth staff member will be on the bus, but parents should be aware the trip is unsupervised and participants will be skiing on their own after leaving the bus.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union directed teachers to work-to-rule in December, which includes not taking part or organizing extra curricular activities like skating at local rinks or trips to the ski hill.
Wilson says schools trips account for as many as 3,500 to 4,000 visits to the hill every winter.
“That’s everything from classes in the day and race teams practicing at night,” she said. “Certainly mid-week school visits make up a significant part of our business. This could have a significant impact.”
Wilson says the labour dispute is also affecting the broader community, for example in terms of employment.
“If it continues, it could have an effect on our staffing levels,” said Wilson. “If we don’t have people coming into the cafeteria to eat, if the Bunny Hill isn’t full of students, then staff might get less hours.”
Ski Wentworth employs as many as 150 people, full and part time, on the busiest weekends.
Just the facts
The buses from Truro will pick up and drop off at the Esso on Robie Street and in Amherst at the Esso just off highway 104 at Exit 3.
From Truro: Jan. 12, 13, 19, 20, 26, 27
From Amherst: Jan. 12, 19, 26
Buses leave 3:30 p.m. Arrive at Wentworth about 4:15 p.m. Leave Wentworth 8:30 p.m.
Lessons about 4:30 p.m.
$35 for lift ticket, rental, lesson and bus
$25 for lift ticket and bus only
$15 for bus only
– Tickets can be purchased online only on the Ski Wentworth web page. Ensure you book your ticket online the day before. Proof of payment must be presented before boarding the bus.
– Lessons will start at about 4:30 p.m. when all participants are ready or to be determined upon arrival.
– Buses will not run if the weather is bad. People are asked to be at the bus pick up times at least 10 to 15 min early as the bus will leave at posted times.