Downhill carts delight

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While chairlift operations may have ended, the Mountain Cross Carts (MCC) will continue to test racers’ speed and skill throughout most of September.

Erik Meertens, director of mountain operations for Sun Peaks Resort LLP (SPR), said he hoped the attraction would remain open as long as possible, although it may have reduced operating hours during the off season.

Meertens said it had been a great first year for Sun Peaks’ newest attraction.

“I’ve yet to see someone coming off the ride not smiling from ear to ear,” he said.

“I think it’s been a great addition, and I think it will continue to grow in popularity. It’s definitely one of those attractions that benefits from word-of-mouth.”

Meertens said there was still time for people who hadn’t ridden the MCC to give it a go before it is packed away for the winter season.

Meertens said the first season of operation had some adjustment problems, being the first course of its kind in North America, but had plenty of highlights as well — including a group of racers who came dressed as characters from the Mario Kart videogame.

“We didn’t really know what to expect from our first year of operation, but I think it’s been great so far.

“Next year we hope to have it open even earlier.”

What the locals are saying:

Elly Waite: “I loved it, but I think somebody left a banana on the track because I was spinning out a lot!”

Kate Handley: “It was so much fun. I wish I’d thought to dress up as Mario though.”

Richie Barlow: “I’d never driven anything like it before. It was rad. I pulled off some sick drifts.”

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