Kimberley-born fundraiser Slopes for Hope

Cancer Society fundraiser has raised $95,000 in last three years

Join the fun at Slopes for Hope at Kimberley Alpine Resort in February.

Join the fun at Slopes for Hope at Kimberley Alpine Resort in February.

Slopes for Hope, the Canadian Cancer Society fundraising event born in Kimberley, returns to the Kimberley Alpine Resort this February 8, 2014.

And this year, in addition to the usual challenge of skiing the vertical height of Mt. Everest in a day, Slopes for Hope widens it focus to include cross country skiers.

“We are excited to grow the event this year with the addition of two more challenges,” said event chair Liane Shaw. You can now participate and ski Descending Everest (Alpine Event), Everest Trek (Nordic Event) or be a snow warrior and ski the Everest Warrior, a combination of Alpine and Nordic Events.

“We wanted to move from only alpine and include other winter enthusiasts,” she said. “We hope in the future to have snowshoe events and more.”

This year teams can sign up to Descend Everest, which works out to 16 passes of the main run at KAR. This event has a $20 event fee per person plus a lift ticket. However, KAR, as an event sponsor offers free lift tickets to the first 20 signed up online and half price tickets to all others after that. Participants also get a priority lift line.

The Everest Trek at the Kimberley Nordic Trails is a 24 km Nordic skiing challenge with a $20 Event Fee per person. The Nordic Club is waiving pass fees for participants.

The Everest Warrior is a combined Nordic/Alpine event. There will be free transportation between the Nordic trails and the Resort.

It’s a fun day, beginning with registration and a free breakfast at the Stemwinder at 9 a.m. followed by opening ceremonies, warmups with Mountain Pose Yoga, a day of skiing, music, entertainment and silent auction in the Resort Plaza, followed by closing ceremonies and a free barbecue.

Slopes for Hope is looking for people willing to shave their heads to support Kimberley cancer patient Jenna Homeniuk. That will happen at 3 p.m.

Teams can register at slopesforhope.ca. Ten teams are registered so far, so there’s plenty of room for more.

This event has raised $95,000 in the last three years, and Shaw says the goal for this year’s Slopes for Hope is $30,000.

Connect on the Facebook page ‘Slopes for Hope Kimberley’ or for more information: call (250)432.5012 or email: slopesforhopekimberley@gmail.com