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A day dedicated to celebrating winter

Come out on Jan. 9, 2016 and help keep Canada’s Olympic podium dreams alive 

DOC POW

As Canadians we are all united by one thing which comes around every year. And while some people fear it, others embrace it with enthusiasm. That one thing is winter and it allows us to enjoy the sport of skiing. 

That passion for skiing was how SnowSeekers was founded in late 2008 with the goal to get more people to become inspired to get outside and enjoy the best of the winter season. So when the SnowSeekers team heard about Alpine Canada’s second annual National Ski Day, we couldn’t help but jump in and support this initiative.

You might be wondering what is Sport Chek National Ski Day Presented by CIBC and why we need a day dedicated to the sport?

On Jan. 9, 2016, Alpine Canada, CIBC, Sport Chek, Resorts of the Canadian Rockies, SnowSeekers and ski resorts right across the country are joining together to celebrate winter, the sport of skiing all with the goal of raising money to keep Canada on the Olympic podium.

This means that you have the opportunity to get out and celebrate with us, enjoying $15 lift ticket deals and some great times on the slopes at the ski destinations of your choice.

The decision for SnowSeekers to be a part of this special day was easy when we found out what a great cause it supports and that some of our friends were actually National Ski Day founders.

"Canada is a winter nation,” says Matt Mosteller, aka Powder Matt, a SnowSeekers contributor and executive with Resorts of the Canadian Rockies (RCR).

“Skiing is apart of our heritage and National Ski Day is a movement to promote getting healthy and active in winter,” “National Ski Day is an experience for people to welcome themselves back onto the slopes or get out and enjoy skiing for their first time, in a way that is economically feasible.”

It was Murray Edwards, RCR’s chairman, who championed the cause and came up with the concept for National Ski Day in Canada, says Mosteller.

"Murray felt skiing deserved the same level of recognition across this country as hockey. Skiing is not only a sport that is great as far as the health benefit goes from getting you outside in Winter but it is one of the few sports the whole family can do together,” Mosteller said. “Just as important, Murray felt starting an event like this, fitting Canada’s winter heritage, that we needed ski areas across Canada to rally together to provide all Canadian’s an opportunity to try the sport of skiing, but, just as relevant, to find a way to assist Alpine Canada with its fundraising efforts and their goals to be the very best.”

Alpine Ski racer Dustin Cook knows all about the need for funding and support to keep the team on the Olympic podium.

“Funding for our team helps everyone on the team, it allows us to focus on our passion of skiing fast and representing our country to the best of our ability,” said the six-year team member and World Cup silver medal holder.

On Jan. 9, 2016, participating ski resorts will have a host of exciting events happening on base areas. Cook says the event has a host of added benefits.

“It gets people outside for one! Just being outside is something that I think is hugely beneficial to everyone. Skiing also gets people moving, you don’t have a choice in the matter, and usually have a great time doing it, too. Not to mention there are few things in life that earn you après cocktails like skiing does.”

As a fundraiser for Alpine Canada, all of the advance ticket sales go back into the organization’s efforts to help see more Canadians own the podium for PyeongChang, South Korea in 2018, where the next Winter Olympics will be held.

Watch for updates on social media leading up to National Ski Day through our channels - @Doc_Pow, @PowderMatt, @IAmASnowSeeker and from our friends @CIBC, @SportChek and @AlpineCanada. Get out and ski with Powder Matt and myself, who will be celebrating National Ski Day in style at Nakiska on Jan. 9.

Join @PowderMatt and @Doc_Pow live from the slopes of @SkiNakiska Saturday January 9.

Broadcasts of about 20 mins a piece will be happening at:

9am, 11am and 1pm MST showcasing the festivities of National Ski Day.

Jump on Periscope at any of those times and look for the National Ski Day broadcast.

For more details, to purchase $15 lift tickets and get in on the fun, visit http://alpinecanada.org/nationalskiday

Are you ready for National Ski Day? Check out our FestivalSeekers overview and share this page with your mountain-loving friends!

 
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