Rac­ing to ski sea­son at Kamisko­tia

The Daily Press (Timmins) - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA MELDRUM

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.

EMMA MELDRUM/THE DAILY PRESS

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.

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