Racing to ski season at Kamiskotia
The Timmins Ski Racers are still more than a month away from their first run down the mountain at Kamiskotia Snow Resort.
That didn’t stop up to 20 volunteers from coming to the hill on Saturday for a fundraiser in support of the Snow Resort.
Racers sharpened and waxed skis in the basement while a ski and board swap went on upstairs. Parents said their kids have to maintain their own equipment regularly, so they already had the know-how for Saturday’s event.
The Timmins Ski Racers donated their time and materials, with all proceeds going towards the hill.
Paul Lévesque, president of the Ski Racers, said without the hill, there would be no racing program.
“The hill’s the main enabler for us to run the ski racing program,” he said. “It goes hand in hand.
“They help us out. It’s fun to return the favour.”
racers have already started dry land training and will attend a training camp in december. The first competition is in January.
new athletes are welcome to join the Timmins ski racers, which has members aged five to 18.
The weekend also marked several firsts at the hill. staff started making snow on Friday, and volunteer doug armstrong got in the first run of the year on saturday.
The snow resort’s Facebook page noted, “doug is one of our volunteers that puts in countless hours either building, painting, tree brushing, welding and snow making.”
as of december, the hill will be welcoming a new general manager, eric Philipow.
according to the organization’s Facebook page, Philipow was born and raised in northern ontario, but will be coming to Timmins from vancouver, b.c. The snowboarder has ridden at over 100 resorts and has a degree in sports administration from laurentian University.
Samuel Harterre, left, and Eli Taylor scrape wax off skis during a fundraiser for the Kamiskotia Snow Resort on Saturday. Jazmine Chartrand, back, was among more than a dozen volunteers from the Timmins Ski Racers waxing and sharpening skis.