Skiers conquer Everest — at Whitewater — for cancer research

Over $10,500 was raised for the Canadian Cancer Society at the annual event.

The Everest Alpiners (left to right) of Roger Higgins

Wet weather didn’t deter skiers from taking the challenge at the annual Slopes For Hope at Whitewater Ski Resort.

Participants attempted to ski or snowboard the vertical height of Mount Everest (8,848 metres) in one day to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society on Saturday. The event raised over $10,500 as of Tuesday, although a spokesperson with CCS said donations were still being made.

The Everest Alpiners team of Jennifer Cowan, Roger Higgins, Bob Steed and Bryan Reid won the Golden Boot Trophy for most money raised at the event, which totalled around $2,000. Cowan also took the Golden Goggle Trophy as the highest individual fund raiser with a contribution of around $1,500.

Seth Edney won the Golden Helmet Trophy for being the top youth fund raiser.

The Nelson Nordic Ski Club also participated in the event. Zoe Taylor (Golden Glasses), Tess Nuttall (Golden Boot), and Solange Machado (Golden Ski Pole) each took home trophies for their cross-country effort.

The Golden Toque Trophy, which goes to the individual or team with the best costume, was awarded to councillor Robin Cherbo, Dan Soukeroff, Colleen Driscoll, Louise Hammerick, Chris Cochrane, Pam Woods, Marilyn Miller, Guy Woods, Joanna Cochrane, and Nancy Noiles.

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