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REPORTING · 6th November 2015
Walter McFarlane
The Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club came before Kitimat City Council with a Grant Request on Monday, November 2nd. Dan McElheron and Liz Thorne got up to present to Council.

“The purpose of our visit tonight is to request a grant, funds, up to $25,000 with respect to the purchase of our new groomer which is scheduled to arrive in Mid-December,” said McElheron. He thanked the District for the support on this project.

He expressed the final donation would close the purchase gap. They have been actively fundraising for the machine. They are at $265,000 out of $290,000. If their fundraising is successful, they will not need the money.

He expressed they have no equipment to groom snow at the moment, with the primary groomer being sent off to auction and they are expecting to get $7000 for. Their smaller groomer died in the snowstorm last year.

The new machine will be a 2013 lease return machine which will be coming from Lake Louise. It has over 31,000 hours on it.

McElheron and Thorne told Council what the ski trails are all about. They are located up at Onion Lake. They have 35 kilometres of trails, five of these are lit for night skiing. There is a dog trail which is the most popular trail. They rent skis, hold two races per year, Saturdays are for lessons.

Each of the City Councillors was given tickets so they could go out and enjoy skiing.

Later in the meeting, Councillor Mario Feldhoff made a motion to grant $10,000 to the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club for the purchase of the snow groomer.

“We were told the cost is $291,000. They’ve Raised $272,000 to date, including the low end of the trade in value. That leaves $19,000. I think for us to put $10,000 towards that, adding to our previous donations will bring them to the end and the club should be able to raise the remainder,” said Feldhoff.

Goffinet expressed he agreed because with their fundraising, they should be able to make up the remaining $9000. The motion was called and carried.