Slopes for Hope returns to Kimberley

Downhill and cross country skiing to raise funds for Canadian Cancer Society

Slopes for Hope; fun for everyone.

Slopes for Hope; fun for everyone.

After a one year hiatus, the Canadian Cancer Society fundraiser Slopes for Hope, is back, with an enthusiastic committee volunteers getting it all organized.

Slopes for Hope has a special place in the hearts of many Kimberley residents because it was born here. It has now spread to other BC ski resorts but the initial idea and inaugural event was held here.

Slopes for Hope Kimberley will be held on Saturday, March 5, 2016 at the Kimberley Alpine Resort and the Kimberley Nordic Club.

“Slopes for Hope is coming back strong and we want to make it something the community can really get involved in,” said Sonya Parker, the lead coordinator for Slopes.

The event was never cancelled for lack of interest. Last year, two things combined to make it difficult. Coordinator Liana Shaw moved away from Kimberley and poor snow conditions made for further difficulties. Snow certainly won’t be a problem this year and Parker says her committee is fired up and working hard.

“The Kimberley event is traditionally the highest fundraiser for Slopes for Hope,” she said.

The last event in 2014 raised $40,000 and in total $80,000 has been raised in Kimberley.

It’s important to note, she says, that all that money stays in southeastern BC to help Canadian Cancer Society clients, who use support services. For instance, from October 2014 to October 2015, 1,991 residents of the East Kootenay stayed at the Cancer Society lodge while receiving treatment, 172 of them from Kimberley and 716 from Cranbrook.

With the event coming up in just a month, it’s time to get registered. You can take part as an individual or as part of a team of up to four people. You are asked to do 16 runs of the Main, as a team or individually, or four loops of the 6K cross country track at the Nordic Club. You get a priority lift line and barbecue lunch too.

“We are asking that each participant raise $100,” Parker said. “For that you get a half price lift ticket. You don’t have to pay for a Nordic pass either. That has been generously donated by the Kimberley Nordic Club.

“We have such a beautiful Nordic Club here. A six K loop is perfect and conditions have been fabulous this year. It would be great to see that element grow.

“We’d like to see people issue challenges — maybe Cranbrook City Council versus Kimberley City Council, or the fire departments, banks, businesses. We’d like to bring more Cranbrook folks in.”

Even if you don’t ski or snowboard, Parker urges you to come up to the Resort and take part in the day. There will be raffles and entertainment.

“It’s just a good, fun day.”

For full event information, watch future editions of the Bulletin and check out the website slopesforhope.ca. You can register there as well.

Slopes for Hope Kimberley is sponsored by Investors Group, Kimberley Alpine Resort Summit Fund and The Drive radio.

 

Kimberley Daily Bulletin