A bluebird day and full parking lots, bode well for the My Mountain Co-op launch party
at Shames Mountain on Saturday February 19. It was a motley crowd of over 120 people.
Interest was high. Some, including Terrace Mayor Dave Pernarowski and Gerry Martin,
President of Shames Mountain Ski Corporation had driven up specifically for the event.
Darryl Tucker, Founding Director of My Mountain Co-op, presented much-anticipated information. Starting with the work that the non-profit society Friends of Shames had completed, he moved on to the formation of My Mountain Co-op, a non-profit community co-operative.
The Co-op needs to raise $2 Million by April 30, 2011 to purchase the Ski Area. $2M breaks down into the asking price ($1.295M), lift repairs, snow cat repairs and replacement, lodge repairs, environmental and legal, and a small ‘cautionary buffer’.
The Co-op’s proposed 5 year plan includes terrain expansion and energy audits in years 2 and 3, followed by development of accommodations in years 4 and 5, although Co-op members will ultimately determine the timeline.
Membership prices run $299 for an individual and $599 for businesses and are available at the Kwinitsa building (Grieg and Eby) and up at the ski hill.
Following the presentation, a question and answer period ensued, which found Gerry Martin at the microphone. His parting words were ‘I believe you can do this, so give it your best shot.’
This prompted an auction for the #1 individual and business memberships. Thanks to Bruno Belanger (individual) and Kitimat Veterinary Hospital (business), the first $3,000 is now in the bank!
The party continued, with cake, hot chocolate and a torch-light ski. At a dusky 6 pm, about 20 skiers and boarders headed up the chair lift, brandishing sparklers and glow sticks while a small crowd gathered at the bottom of the chair to watch. The parade came down in two sets, lit up by road flares on bamboo poles. Group photos were taken, and more cake and hot chocolate was consumed. My Mountain Co-op had successfully launched.
For more information visit www.mymountaincoop.ca