Hopefully, you have already heard the exciting news out of Manning Park Resort this year – we are taking down the iconic Orange Chair at the end of this season to be replaced in winter 2019/20 with a brand-new quad chairlift!
We are so excited about the new quad, but we also recognize how iconic and special the Orange Chair has been for our guests and Manning Park for the 49 years that it has been in service.
Since we made the announcement that the Orange Chair will be taken down, we have been inundated with calls from our local community asking what will happen with the Orange Chair chairs once it is retired this year.
We know how much you love and treasure the memories you’ve created on the Orange Chair and at Manning Park Resort, and we’re grateful to share many of those awesome memories with you.
Here is the game plan for how we’re planning to divest of our iconic Orange Chair chairs.
If you are interested in having one of these big hunks of metal that have a lifetime of memories on them, we’ve got a few ways to get your hands on one.
3 Ways to Get an Orange Chair
1. #IRodeTheOrangeChair Contest
- Was it the first chairlift you rode when you graduated from the Bunny Hill? Was it your first job to run it as a lift operator? Did you get engaged on it?
Enter on Facebook or Instagram by using the hashtag #IRodeTheOrangeChair
#2. First Come, First Serve Sale on March 22nd at 9am.
3. Auction for Charity!
- These two auctions are your very last chance! Pay what you want to have a piece of Manning Park history and know that your dollars are going to a great cause. Bonus – you will receive a charitable tax receipt for this donation!The five charitable organizations are:
–Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning is a registered charity working to strengthen people’s connection with nature by offering outdoor events for all ages and abilities, spanning all seasons.
–Manning Park Interpretive Programs: offered daily throughout the summer, these important programs teach us how to connect with and love E.C. Manning Provincial Park. *A tax receipt is available for this program through the Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning
–Manning Ski Club: this parent-run group is aimed at getting kids out on the mountain skiing!
–Canadian Ski Patrol: these awesome volunteers have been keeping us safe on the mountain since 1941
–Friends of Manning Park: is a not-for-profit coalition of recreational users that partner with each other and BC Provincial Parks to protect and maintain the historic, conservation and recreation values of E. C. Manning Park. through collaboration and volunteer efforts in planning, trail maintenance, fund raising educational events and historic recognition.
We are also saving a few key chairs to use around the Resort, so if you don’t get one, don’t worry, you will still get to have your #IRodeTheOrangeChair moment at Manning Park Resort for years to come.
We know that March is going to be a big month at Manning Park – we’re still getting awesome snow conditions, and we’ve got some great events on, like the Rockstar Rail Jam, a new Guided Snowshoe Fondue date and our ever popular Spring Fest.
We also invite you to come celebrate with us for our “Last Chair Fest” on March 31st, where we will be paying homage with a toast to the Orange Chair and having a great last day of the season. Join us to celebrate and send it off in style! This is also Season Passholder Appreciation day.
Thank you for your interest and we look forward to celebrating the last days of the Orange Chair before we welcome in the brand new quad chairlift next year!