Bear Mountain Ski Hill hosting two fundraisers this weekend

On Friday evening, the ski lodge will host a screening of Warren Miller’s 62nd film, “…Like There’s No Tomorrow” starting at 7 p.m. Miller is an American ski and snowboarding filmmaker who’s films are renowned for their stunning photography, witty narrative humor, and the talented athletes featured in them. The evening will include prizes and refreshments.

Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the door, and all proceeds go towards the installation of a new tee-bar lift on the hill. The event is being sponsored by Griffin Source for Sports.

The following evening on Saturday, the lodge will host a turkey dinner fundraiser starting at 7. The dinner will include a serving of deep fried turkey, mashed potatoes, vegetables and buns, and there will also be a cash bar serving beer and wine. There may also be a small auction.

Tickets are $50 per person, and free rides home are being offered for patrons. Tickets can be obtained by contacting Allan Armstrong at 250-219-0590 or Paul Gevatkoff at 250-719-8739.

“They’re fun events, and they are a good chance for people to get out and get together, have a few laughs and a few drinks,” said Gevatkoff, president of the Bear Mountain Ski Club, about the two fundraisers.

There are also a couple more ways to support the ski hill. Gevatkoff’s daughter, Sharlene Weingart, has compiled a cookbook that will be sold to raise money for the new ski lift. “Cookin’ Up a Snow Storm with the Friends of Bear Mountain Ski Hill” features 142 recipes mostly contributed by local residents of the Dawson Creek area. Weingart can be contacted at 250-467-2740 for pricing information and how to obtain a copy.

She said there will be more opportunities for local businesses to advertise in the cookbook if the first 200 copies that were printed are sold and more copies are required.

The public is also encouraged to be on the lookout for board members of the ski hill who will be selling Rotary Mega-Lottery tickets, in exchange for a portion of the proceeds going towards the ski lift fund.

On Saturday, the ski hill will also be hosting a “ski swap,” where skiers can sell their gently-used equipment and/or purchase others’ used equipment. Gevatkoff said it is an affordable option for families who are looking to update equipment that has been grown out of.

The ski swap will also be the last opportunity to purchase season tickets to the hill at early-bird prices. Family passes (there is no limit on the number of family members included, as long as they are immediate family members) are $520, adult passes are $223, youth (ages 13 to 17) are $189, and children (ages six to 12) are $153. Those prices do not include tax, and children five and under ski for free.

Gevatkoff said those passes allow for unlimited access to the ski hill whenever it is open for the entire season, which usually lasts until late March.

He said while they still have well over $100,000 to raise in order to install the new lift, they will be hosting more fundraisers in the coming weeks and months towards making that goal a reality.

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