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Hardwood Ski and Bike closed after Christmas Day fire (update)

Resort hopes to reopen soon
2017-12-27 Hardwood Ski and Bike Fire
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A Christmas Day fire at Hardwood Ski and Bike has been deemed accidental by the Fire Marshal.

Investigators have concluded their initial probe of the blaze and have determined it was an electrical fire that started in the bathroom area, according to a video update released by the resort 

The resort will remain closed through this weekend and programs and lessons are cancelled. 

Resort officials say they hope to open as soon as possible. 

On Friday at noon they will be hosting an online info session to answer questions from the public.


Original story:

A fire in a portion of the main chalet Christmas morning has forced the closure of Hardwood Ski and Bike until further notice. 

"A sad day for sure but the good news is no one was hurt. The community support has been absolutely tremendous," said President and General Manager Gareth Houben in a video message posted on social media.

"We are in process of planning how we can reopen and how soon. We are optimistic we'll be open for skiing soon. There's an ongoing investigation by the Fire Marshal so we're closed to the public until they can complete that investigation."

The resort in Oro-Medonte that offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking was closed on Christmas Day when the fire broke out.

The cause and origin of the fire in the middle portion of the chalet are not yet known. 

Houben's message also thanked firefighters who battled the Dec. 25 blaze.

He urged the public to keep checking Hardwood's website and social media for updates.


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