Online Auction for Chairs now on!
Auction for Charitable Organizations
Auction #1: March 23-30
Acution #2: April 1-6
Pay what you want to have a piece of Manning Park’s history!
Manning Park Resort is hosting an online auction for ten chairs from their iconic Orange Chair which has been in place since 1970 but is being retired at the end of this season.
The chairs from the Orange Chair have been an incredibly hot commodity for local users who want to own a part of the place where many happy ski and snowboard memories have been made.
Most of the chairs have already been given away through a social media contest under the hashtag #IRodetheOrangeChair, and through an online First Come, First Serve sale. The sale saw such huge popularity that it caused technical difficulties for the website!
“Despite the efforts that were made in advance to fortify the system to allow for the expected volume, we were definitely overwhelmed with the positive response to the sale,” Marketing Coordinator, Robyn Barker says, “It’s pretty amazing that there’s so many people that love Manning Park!”
The online auction runs until March 30th for 5 chairs, and another auction will occur from April 1st to 6th for another 5 chairs.
The proceeds from each chair auction will be donated to one of five local charitable organizations that live and play in Manning Park. These include the Hope Mountain Centre for Outdoor Learning, the Friends of Manning Park, Canadian Ski Patrol, Manning Ski Club and the daily Interpretive programs at Manning Park.
The distinctive Orange Chair will be taken down immediately following the end of the ski season on March 31st. Work has already begun to prepare the location for the arrival of a brand new Doppelmayr quad chairlift.
A “Last Chair” Fest will take place on March 31st to celebrate the end of the season and the end of an era for the 49-year-old chairlift. All are invited to attend and are encouraged to wear retro ski gear, bring their oldest Manning season pass for a chance to win a commemorative T-shirt, and meet at the top of the Orange at 3pm for a toast.