Slopes for Hope returns

Fundraiser for Cancer Society was born on Kimberley’s ski slopes

 

The third annual Slopes for Hope event, which raises funds for the Canadian Cancer Society, is scheduled for March 2 at the Kimberley Alpine Resort, and there is good news all around the event.

First of all, Liana Shaw has stepped forward to volunteer as event chair for the next five years, in the hopes of giving it some continuity. And the other good news is that the made in Kimberley event is beginning to spread to other BC resorts. Hemlock Resort in Aggassiz, BC and Whitewater in Nelson will both have Slopes for Hope events this year and one may also be held at Red Mountain.

“We are spreading and that’s awesome,” said Shaw.

Slopes for Hope is an event that challenges skiers to ski the height of Mt. Everest in one day. That works out to 16 passes of the main run. Participants are encouraged to raise sponsorship dollars. You can participate individually or in groups of up to four people, allowing you to split the distance between your friends, family or co-workers. The event will close with many prizes being awarded including those for the top fundraisers (team and individual).

“While you are taking part in a fun-filled day of skiing, you can also enjoy live entertainment at the base of the ski hill,” Shaw said. “And the first 20 people to register online will get free lift tickets. After that all lift tickets will be 1/2 price thanks to the support of the Resort of the Canadian Rockies.”

The event has been moved from February into March because of the two family day long weekends.

“We wanted to make it its own event, something to bring people to Kimberley on its own,” Shaw said.

Opening ceremonies and registration will take place o Friday, March 1 and there is good news around that as well. Shaw has secured Pat Morrow — Kimberley native and one of Canada’s most famous mountaineers — as guest speaker.

Last year, the Kimberley Slopes for Hope event had 100 participants and raised $35,000. Shaw is hoping to do better than that in 2013.

Slopes for Hope will take place on Saturday, March 2, 2013 at Kimberley Alpine Resort from 8.30am – 4.30pm.

You can register online at slopesforhope.ca

You can also sponsor an individual or team at the same website.

For more information: call Liana Shaw (250)432.5012 or email: slopesforhopekimberley@gmail.com