The not-for-profit Mt Timothy Ski Society held two member meetings this past week, September 25 in 100 Mile House, with local MLA and long-time Mt Timothy supporter Donna Barnett in attendance, and September 28 in Williams Lake. At the meetings, the Society’s volunteer Board of Directors informed members that due to a number of factors, the Society is in dire need of funds in order for the Mt. Timothy Ski Area to open for the upcoming 2017/18 ski and snowboard season. Mt Timothy has managed to have balanced operating budget with a small profit this past year, largely due to the great efforts of hill staff led by General Manager Caroline Sherrer. However, with past debt slowly being re-paid but continuing to hang over the hill, coupled with loss of season pass sales, fundraising opportunities, time to maintain and repair hill assets, and loss of staff associated with the wildfires and evacuations over the summer, Mt Timothy requires an immediate injection of at least $50,000 by October 15 in order for the hill to open December 15.
The President of the Mt Timothy Ski Society Board of Directors, Ryan Wonnacott, stated, “Mt Timothy is a community asset, the same as the pools, rinks, and many other facilities in our communities. Whether one uses Mt Timothy or not, it helps provide a place for affordable winter recreation, offers discounted ski/snowboard packages for students that many of the schools in School District No. 27 take advantage of, provides a place for the not-for-profit Timberland Ski Club to run their Nancy Greene Ski League and Race Club for youth, contributes to the local economy, and helps attract and keep people in the region. It improves our quality of life, and to not have a local ski and snowboard area would be a big blow to the Cariboo. We have great ideas for the future of Mt Timothy, but to get there we first need to raise the money we need to open this season, second have a great ski and snowboard season, and then retire our debt before we can really get to the task of making significant changes.”
He continued, “October 15 is coming up very fast, but being ready to open for the Christmas-New Year’s period is critical, as it provides close to a third of our annual revenue. Getting that $50,000 by October 15 would provide the funds for us to hire back staff, begin maintenance activities before the snow flies, pay off some outstanding vendor payables, and replenish our supplies, such as those for our lifts, snow cat, snowmobiles, lodges, and for many other necessities.”
The Mt. Timothy Ski Area, located a short drive east of Lac La Hache, has operated since 1987. It is unique in that it is one of the few remaining hills in Western Canada not privately owned and managed, but run by a volunteer-driven not-for-profit Society registered under the BC Society Act. Further, it is outside municipal area boundaries, and not supported by local taxes. Mt Timothy must rely on ticket sales, donations, fundraising events, grants, and in-kind volunteer time.
Mt Timothy has great supporters, and we are very positive that we can achieve our fundraising goal. There are a number of ways supporters of Mt Timothy can contribute to this urgent fundraising campaign:
- Contribute NOW through our GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/
- Contribute NOW by writing a cheque to the Mt Timothy Ski Society and mailing to: PO Box 33, 100 Mile House, BC V0K 2Z0.
- Donate NOW via SportBC and the National Sport Trust Fund (NSTF) and receive a charitable donation tax receipt for any donation over $20. This is great for those that want a tax receipt, though as part of administration of this program, SportBC retains 5% of all donations.
- Pledge a contribution using the attached form, also available at http://www.skitimothy.com/
explore-timothy/support-us/ ( please return via hardcopy or email).
- Purchase a 2017/18 Season’s Pass online at: https://skitimothy.
ltibooking.com/. There are Corporate, family, and individual passes available.
We look forward to passing on the anticipated success of this fundraising push to all of our supporters in the coming weeks. The Society will hold its Annual General Meeting for Society members (season pass holders) on Sunday, November 5 at 6:00pm in the Gibraltar Room at the Cariboo Memorial Recreation Complex in Williams Lake. The meeting will follow the annual Ski Swap hosted by the Timberland Ski Club. More information about Mt Timothy, including contact details go to www.skitimothy.com, or Mt.Timothy Ski Area on Facebook.