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Big White staff find, return lost treasure found under melted snow

Greg Hedges' wedding band, exactly where it was found by a millwright for the resort.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Big White
May 29, 2019 - 6:22 AM

KELOWNA - Big White Ski Resort staff and treasure hunters find lots of things under the snow every spring, but not usually what they are looking for — and not usually something so tiny as a ring. 

They find wallets, keys, cameras — so much stuff that some people bring metal detectors to prospect. But one millwright who was tasked with find a single gold wedding band lost by a patron managed to get the job done on his own, according to a release from the resort. 

Eric Bobert said he had a look six or seven times under the Snow Ghost Express chair where it was lost last January. Greg Hedges said he lost the 14-year-old wedding band after momentarily taking his glove off.

“I hadn’t been skiing for a few years, and had forgotten the lessons about vasoconstriction in the cold,” he said. “I stopped under the Snow Ghost Express chair at the top to grab a photo of my friend coming up the chair. 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.”

Bobert has been looking for it since then and last week they found it. 

“[Thursday] was the last day we were going to be out on snow. We took our snowmobiles off the mountains just due to melting conditions,” 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. As it turns out, it was Greg’s.”

They said they felt lucky to find it and return it ahead of 'treasure hunters'.

“I had a feeling it would turn up when the snow melted,” Hedges said. “Who would have thought it would park itself in the middle of a big rock? 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.”

Greg Hedges with his family.
Greg Hedges with his family. "I can still feel it on my wedding finger despite it not being there," Hedges said before the ring was found.
Image Credit: SUBMITTED/Big White

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