By Oona Woods
The BC Tel Mobility Winter Classic takes place this weekend raising money for the Blackcomb Foundation, a charity board that awards financial grants to local community causes.
The Blackcomb Foundation's mission is to provide financial support for non-profit organizations in the Sea to Sky area. This year the causes they are able to help stretch right across the board.
Recipients for 1998 are: The North Shore Search and Rescue, which had requested funding to provide materials for rescue base camp operations in the Howe Sound Corridor and the Fraser Valley.
Pemberton Search and Rescue will use funds to purchase avalanche search and rescue equipment and a snowmobile.
The Pemberton Health Care Centre needs equipment for treating mastectomy patients. Regionally, treatment of this kind is currently only available in Squamish or Vancouver.
The RCMP requested funding to establish a unified emergency paging network on one channel which can be used by all emergency services throughout the region to co-ordinate rescue programs.
Signal Hill Elementary School in Pemberton requested money to help with its lunch program. The money will be used to assist in providing breakfast and lunch for students.
Whistler and Blackcomb mountain ski clubs will be beneficiaries from the proceeds raised at this year's auction during the Friday night wine and cheese party. The money will go towards young racing programs.
Events at the BC Tel Mobility Winter Classic include a wine and cheese tasting tonight (Feb. 6) at the Chateau Whistler Resort, which is open to all. Wines from all around the globe and cheeses from France, Italy and Switzerland will be available for tasting. In fact the Chateau Whistler's apprentice chefs will compete in a Chefs Cheese plate competition that produces some spectacular results.
On Saturday, Feb. 7 corporate and citizen teams will compete in The Coca-cola "Guess your Time" Classic. The idea is to guess accurately how long it will take you to complete the course. You'll soon find out if you're overly optimistic, pessimistic or dead-on about your skiing.
Saturday night sees the "social event of the season" take off on top of Blackcomb mountain. The Classic Mountain top dinner and dance at Rendezvous features plenty of food, music dancing and auctions. Location adds a heightened party atmosphere.
Tickets for the wine and cheese are $30 and the mountain-top dinner and dance is $125 per ticket. Special rates are available for teams who buy the corporate or citizen packages. All proceeds go to the Blackcomb Foundation.