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Ski Salmo this Saturday for small donation and fabulous cause

The ambience of night-time skiing at the Salmo Skill Hill is second-to-none. Photo courtesy Salmo Ski Hill.

The owners of Castlegar’s Speedy Glass are holding a fun family event this Saturday to give back to the community as well as to fundraise for a local, volunteer-driven tourism destination.

Speedy Glass co-owner Stephanie Syme said their Second Annual Customer Appreciation Day at the Salmo Ski Hill gives back to the community in two ways: first, skiers are only asked to pay $5 for a ticket, and second, all money raised will be donated to the Salmo Ski Hill.

The event will go from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.

“It’s a lot of fun to be up there after dark – everything is very well-lit,” Syme said. “They have a t-bar, a bunny lift, and there will be people there to give lessons.”

There will also be a bonfire, music, door-prizes (last year they gave away roughly 60 prizes), and an on-site restaurant.

“Last year, we were able to donate close to $1,200,” she said, adding the event is not just for Speedy Glass customers, but rather for the community at large. “We want everyone to come and have fun – and not just skiers and snowboarders,” she said. “They also usually let people toboggan on the far side as well.”

She said they’re hoping to continue with the event every year, as they place a premium on community engagement.

“Our local businesses wouldn’t exist without community support, so it’s important that we give that back … and it feels great, too.”

Margaret MacDonald, a member of the ski hill’s volunteer board of directors, said they really appreciate the support of the hill, which has been community-run since 1962. She said funds raised will go to operational costs such as heat for the lodge, electricity for the lifts, equipment fuel and maintenance, etc.

She said they provide private or group lessons, special events such as a Ladies’ Night starting Jan. 10, which costs $25 for an-hour-and-a-half of lessons, your lift ticket for the evening, and rental equipment should you require it.

The hill is open Monday to Thursday from 5:30 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and can be rented for events such as staff parties, fundraisers, reunions, etc.

“The concession opens at 5 p.m., so you can have a warm meal before you hit the slopes,” she said.

For more information, call 250-357-2323, visit skisalmo.com , check out their Facebook page or email info@salmoski.com