Batawa Ski Hill in Ontario is installing a new lift to run this winter concurrent with mourning the loss on Sept. 1, 2008, of its founder, Thomas J Bata. Bata founded the ski hill in 1939. The new lift, a Leitner/Poma Quad Chairlift, will give the hill the newest lift in Ontario this winter.

The day-use resort also added a state-of-the-art snowmaking system in 2007, which transferred into the ability to make more snow per acre than most other Ontario ski areas.

The investment in the ski area's aging infrastructure resulted in doubling previous average skier visits and the number of days the ski area operated. It also saw increases in ski and snowboard lessons.

“We anticipate an even larger increase in volume this year as a result of the chairlift installation,” said Steve Spiessman, general manager.

The new quad chair, with padded seating for four, will transport 1,800 people per hour up hill in a travel time of 1.5 minutes.

“That's two luxuries we never had before,” Spiessman explains. “The new chairlift will make skiing and snowboarding easier for people of all ability levels. It will make us much more inviting to schools and give people in the Quinte region one less reason to drive an hour or more to take their family skiing. Everything they need is right here in their own back yard.”

Batawa will maintain its T-bars to run for special events or high volume holidays and weekends, providing Batawa Ski Hill a total uphill capacity of more than 3,800 people per hour. Batawa Ski Hill also purchased new ski patrol emergency equipment thanks to Trenton Memorial Hospital’s Kay Stafford Memorial Fund.