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REPORTING · 1st March 2012
Walter McFarlane
Liz Thorn got up to speak at the City Council Meeting on February 20th regarding a grant request for the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club. She explained the history of the cross country ski club at Onion Lake.

“We have 30 Kilometres of trails, 5 of which are lit for night skiing. We also have another 6 km of dog trails,” said Thorn. “We work really hard to make it very safe, very easy for people to go cross country skiing and a part of it is signs.”

She showed the Council slides from the trails while explaining the history of the trails and how they are used by the public.

What brought her to Council is the Piston Bully, the trail groomer. The Piston Bully is 30 years old and has required many repairs. A used machine costs around $300,000.

The club has approached the Regional District and asked for $25,000 over three years to be set into an account. They are asking the same of Kitimat and Terrace. They intend to do some fundraising as well and this would get them a machine in three years.

Mayor Joanne Monaghan thanked her for the presentation and was impressed by the grants they were able to get to put the ski trail together.

Thorn said they received excellent support from the businesses in Kitimat and Terrace. They are committed to make anything stretch.

Councillor Mario Feldhoff wanted to know if there was a cheaper alternative to the Piston Bully. Thorn replied the Piston Bully is what they need.

Councillor Mary Murphy wanted to know if the ski club was going to ask Prince Rupert. Thorn replied they occasionally get people from Rupert. They had club members but they do not show up anymore.

Councillor Rob Goffinet asked if Kitimat was ever to get a BC Winter Games bid, the Ski Facility would be a featured venue. The response: “Of course.”