Grand opening event at the Kwinitsa Residence is this Thursday 4pm - 7pm with Roy Henry Vickers as the special guest speaker.
What do you get when you have a small ski hill with legendary snow, a community pulling together in ‘Hockeyville’ fashion to save their hill, and a renowned artist who believes in the vision? One helluva story.
In an industry where giants rule, Shames Mountain Ski Area, located west of Terrace, BC, is small. But it’s got snow. The greatest annual snowfall of any lift serviced ski operation in North America. But the ski area is for sale and may close if a buyer isn’t found. In an effort to save the hill, a group of Terrace-based locals have formed My Mountain Co-op.
Echoing Terrace’s successful bid for Hockeyville in 2009, the Co-op needs to raise $2 Million by April 30, 2011 to buy Shames Mountain Ski Area. A successful bid will secure the Co-op as Canada’s first non-profit community ski co-operative. At $299 for a lifetime individual membership, fees are small. But it’ll take a lot of memberships to raise the needed cash.
Enter internationally renowned BC artist, Roy Henry Vickers. A chance conversation led to Vickers offering to create unique, limited edition art work of the mountain area and donating sales proceeds to the Co-op. Vickers, who grew up not far from Terrace, is known for his philanthropy, particularly in First Nations communities. His galleries achieve considerable success while personalities such as Bill Clinton and Mikhail Gorbachev, own Vickers art work.
So, a mountain of white stuff, a community with hearts of giants, Canada’s first non-profit community ski co-operative and Vickers recording the event in BC’s history.
One helluva story.www.mymountaincoop.ca