Whitewater Ski Resort is enjoying 540 cm of snow so far this season.

Whitewater Ski Resort is enjoying 540 cm of snow so far this season.

Whitewater celebrates 40th birthday with winter carnival

Whitewater Ski Resort’s first Community Day last Friday proved to be a resounding success.

Whitewater Ski Resort’s first Community Day last Friday proved to be a resounding success with the resort raising over $10,000 to give back to the community.

Locals from Kaslo to Castlegar and south to Salmo enjoyed great snow conditions for only $10 and each of those dollars resulted in a $5,540 donation for both the Nelson CARES Society and Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries, not to mention the abundance of food donated to the Nelson Food Cupboard. With the most total snowfall to date this season out of all the resort in the west, an accumulation of 540 cm and a snow base hovering around two meters, the 40th season could not be off to a better start.

And the excitement is not over. Friday marks the official 40th anniversary celebration. The party kicks off at the resort with return of the beloved Master Blaster competition, 40th style, followed by an Old School Ski Moves contest in the terrain park. There will be other contests such as Oldest Season Pass and Most Season Passes, food specials and Nelson Brewing Company’s special Whitewater anniversary beer Bent Pole on tap.

There will be live music in the lodge by Dirt Floor, the band that holds some of the same talent that helped to create the music behind the anniversary film 40 Years Young which will be shown Friday at the resort as well. What better way to enjoy the story told by the talented team at Freeride Entertainment than in the very lodge built by community hands 40 years ago?

There is still time for you to tell your story as the Dear Whitewater Instagram Contest runs until Friday too. The celebration moves into the evening at Mike’s Place Pub, which has teamed up with Nelson Brewing Company for the Get Bent Pole (After) Party. A free event, Vinyl Ritchie will be spinning beats throughout the evening and there are grand prizes for the Best Bent Pole as well as the Best Duct Tape Costume.

The fun does not stop on Friday. Saturday and Sunday marks the seventh annual Winter Carnival at Whitewater Ski Resort. A full weekend is planned with kid scavenger hunts, snow sculpting contests and the Snowball Apres with an incredible buffet dinner put on by the chefs at Whitewater, live music by LINT, a torchlight parade and fireworks. And that is only Saturday. Sunday brings avalanche awareness, more marshmallows and the Gerick’s Summit Cup.