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Slopes for Hope set for March 5

The Canadian Cancer Society is inviting snowboarders as well as alpine and nordic skiers to the fourth annual Slopes for Hope event.

The Canadian Cancer Society is inviting snowboarders as well as alpine and nordic skiers to the fourth annual Slopes for Hope event at Whitewater Ski Resort and Nelson Nordic Ski Club on Saturday, March 5. In this ski-a-thon, participants attempt to ski or board the vertical distance of Mount Everest in one day(29,029 feet).

The number of runs on each chair needed to meet the goal: Silver King is 900 feet, which means 32 runs; Summit is 1,249 feet, so 23 runs; and Glory Ridge 2,044 feet, which equals 14 runs. The Everest Trek for cross country skiers is nine kilometers or ski all the trails Nordic poker ski at Nelson Nordic Ski Club.

Participants can sign up as individuals for a personal challenge, or in teams and split the distance between team members.

Participants are asked to fundraise in advance to support the Canadian Cancer Society. All participants who raise $100 or more will receive a half price lift ticket at Whitewater Ski Resort or free day pass at Nelson Nordic Ski Club. There will be an après-event with prizes awarded at the end of the day for both challenges at Whitewater Ski Resort.

Take on the team challenge and become the keeper of the Golden Boot Trophy for a year by skiing the most vertical and raising the most funds for the cancer fighting cause. There will be other trophies awarded to to participants as well.

“This is a great event, and a wonderful way for the ski community to get involved in the fight against cancer,”says George Kilpatrick, volunteer event chair. “Last year we raised over $13,000. Help us meet our goal of raising $15,000 this year in the fight against cancer as we take it to the slopes.”

Funds raised through the event will help the Canadian Cancer Society fund cancer research. According to the Canadian Cancer Society, about half of all cancers can be prevented. A way to reduce the risk of cancer is by living well which includes being active, eating well, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

“Skiing and snowboarding is a great way to stay active during the winter months. It is a good way to get our cancer prevention message out to the community, raise funds to support our mission, and have fun,” says Allison McCarthy, annual giving coordinator for the society.

Visit slopesforhope.ca to register.

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