FORT McMURRAY, Alberta – Skiers and snowboarders can now “Ride the Bison” as Vista Ridge officially opened its new Syncrude Bison chair lift on Friday.
“Vista Ridge has been called ‘the best non-mountain winter recreation spot in Alberta’ for good reason and these improvements build on that,” said Syncrude President and CEO Scott Sullivan.
Everybody in our community appreciates Vista Ridge as a tremendous public asset and our organization is proud to support it.
The chair lift was funded by a $500,000 donation over five years from Syncrude, which has been a long-time supporter of Vista Ridge. Since the early 1990s, Syncrude has annually donated employee time to help install and maintain various equipment and lighting systems. In 2008, Syncrude provided $50,000 toward the purchase of a new snow groomer.
“Syncrude has been an integral part of Vista Ridge’s history. The support given over many years has ensured the expansion of our facility as our community continues to grow,” said Kevin Grogan, General Manager of Vista Ridge. “Vista Ridge’s expansion is about growing to accommodate the community. We want to ensure Vista Ridge is a safe facility offering great experiences for all users. Syncrude has helped us each step of the way. This lift allows us to double our daily capacity of skiers and snowboarders.”
The Syncrude Project is a Joint Venture undertaking among Canadian Oil Sands Partnership, Imperial Oil Resources, Mocal Energy Limited, Murphy Oil Company Ltd., Nexen Oil Sands Partnership, Sinopec Oil Sands Partnership and Suncor Energy Oil and Gas Partnership.