Lost wedding ring reappears after snow melts at B.C. ski resort

Nicholas Johansen

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Photo: Big White

Almost four months after losing it in the snow at Big White, a man has been reunited with his wedding ring.

In January, Greg Hedges stopped under the Snow Ghost Express chair to take a photo of a friend.

“I hadn’t been skiing for a few years, and had forgotten the lessons about vasoconstriction in the cold,” Hedges said. “I popped my gloves off and put out my left hand in the soft snow to steady myself. Pop – I felt the ring come straight off when I removed my hand from the snow.”

He searched around but came up empty handed.

After informing the ski resort of the loss, two of Big White’s millwrights were asked to keep an eye out for the piece of sentimental jewelry.

Millwright Eric Bobert says workers scanned the area eight times and, now the snow is melting, finally came up lucky last week.

“Thursday was the last day we were going to be out on the snow,” Bobert said. “Snow will often move things, and so I just started a far ways down from the unload area of the Snow Ghost, worked my way up, and after about 15 minutes of scanning the ground, I happened across a ring on a rock.”

Hedges said he was grateful for such a consistent effort to find the ring.

“Who would have thought it would park itself in the middle of a big rock?” Hedges said. “I’m so grateful for Big White for their phenomenal customer service. This is one of the most precious items you own, there’s so much sentimental value wrapped around it.”

Bobert said staff find all sorts interesting things on the slopes once the snow melts, from wallets to keys to GoPros.

“Things could’ve been there for 10 or 15 years,” Bobert said. “We often have treasure hunters on the hill with metal detectors doing their own thing. We were keen to find the ring before someone else did.”