The Canadian Ski Council (CSC) is pleased to announce that the Making Winter Winners grants have been awarded to deserving athletes and ski/snowboard organizations. The goal of “Making Winter Winners” is to raise money to help our future snowsports champions compete with the world at national and international events. Over the past three years, the CSC, with the help of the regional ski area operator associations (Canada West Ski Areas Association, Ontario Snow Resorts Association, the Quebec Ski Areas Association and the Atlantic Ski Areas Association) as well as a $5,000 donation made by the National Snow Industries Association) have raised nearly $225,000 for our winter sports athletes. Recently, at the Canadian Ski and Snowboard Industry Summit in Toronto, the first grants from this fundraising program were distributed to grant recipient athletes and associations. This included $20,000 to Alpine Canada Alpin for an alpine racing training camp and $10,000 to Ski Jumping Canada to help purchase computer equipment and software to help improve coaching and scoring methods. Making Winter Winners grants were also provided to Jason Myslicki, former snowboard competitor, to further his education by taking a kinesiology degree at university with $4,000 this year. $12,000 will be awarded to the Canadian Snowboard Federation and $8.000 to Nordic Combined for a total of $54,000.
The CSC needs the help of consumers to help continue to make this initiative a success. Currently, more and more ski areas across the country are participating by asking their season’s pass subscribers to make a voluntary five dollar (or larger) donation when they buy their season’s pass. Consumers can also make a donation online by visiting www.makingwinterwinners.ca where they can make a donation using their VISA or Mastercard credit cards. Those who make a donation of $25 or more will be issued a tax receipt.
Proceeds will be administered by the Canadian Ski Council, who will work with the Canadian Snowsports Association (CSA) to help choose and distribute the funds to athletes and associations. A minimum of 90% of the money raised will go directly to the athletes, with the remainder covering program expenses.
The CSC and the CSA are currently looking to increase the level of participation in the “Making Winter Winners” program by including other Canadian snow industry organizations. This is a wonderful opportunity to help Canada’s aspiring snowsports athletes. This national fundraising program will help our athletes compete with the world at future national and international events such as the World Cup events, and other national and international championships.
The Canadian Ski Council, whose members are 12 national and regional ski and snowboard associations, was founded in 1977 to work on the behalf of the Canadian snowsports industry to increase participation in recreational snowboarding, alpine and cross-country skiing in Canada.