Going downhill for a cause

Pow hounds can spend the day on the slopes while helping a good cause later this month.

On Jan. 27 the third annual Slopes for Hope fundraiser takes place at Silver Star Mountain Resort.

Christian Ouellette, event chairperson, said money raised from the event will go to Canadian Cancer Society.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is open to individuals and teams, but each participant must raise a minimum of $100 to ski.

The Star will be providing day passes to all participants.

“The goal is to ski the distance of Mount Everest in a day,” said Ouellette.

That is a distance of 8,848 metres (29,029 ft).

There will also be numerous prizes throughout the day and costumes are encouraged.

“There are some pretty hilarious costumes,” said Ouellette.

Participants can register online at slopesforhope.ca.

Ouellette said when a person registers online, their name is put in for a draw of a seasons pass donated by SilverStar.

Ouellette hopes the event will raise $10,000 this year.

Since the first fundraiser was held three years ago, the number of participants has tripled while the amount of money raised has quadrupled, and Ouellette hopes to keep that momentum going.

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