JANUARY 27 2018 IS CIBC NATIONAL SKI & SNOWBOARD DAY
Article from Hit The Slopes: National Ski & Snowboard Day
Alpine Canada, Canada Snowboard and Freestyle Canada are pleased to announce the forth-annual CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day will be held on Saturday January 27th, 2018. CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day unites Canadians from coast-to-coast, celebrating the power of winter snow sports, its accessibility to Canadians and our majestic playgrounds.
From Yukon Territory to Newfoundland and Labrador, 18 ski and snowboard resorts across the country have partnered with these best-in-class National Sport Federations to offer discounted lift tickets and onsite guest experiences, encouraging Canadians to get outside and explore the beauty of skiing and snowboarding, which are deeply rooted Canadian sports. To view all resort offers, visit hittheslopes.ca.
“Alpine Canada is thrilled to expand our annual CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day campaign in partnership with Canada Snowboard and Freestyle Canada,” said Alpine Canada’s Vice President, Partnerships, Linsey Ferguson. “The inclusion of alpine, snowboard and freestyle skiing, truly encapsulates the full spectrum of quintessential Canadian snow sports. We look forward to welcoming you on January 27th to one of our great Canadian resort partners and thank you for your support of our Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls”.
2018 will see Canada’s best winter athletes take to the world stage in PyeongChang, South Korea, battling for podium success as they represent our great nation. Ski and snowboard enthusiasts can support these world-class athletes by participating in CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day on January 27th, along with the Canadian Ski Council, the Canadian Olympic Committee and resorts coast-to-coast-to-coast.
“We invite all Canadians to join us once again on CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day to enjoy our great outdoors in support of our Canadian alpine and para-alpine team.” says Monique Giroux, Vice President, Sponsorships, Communications & Public Affairs, CIBC. “With PyeongChang 2018 taking place this winter, there’s no better time to experience this quintessential Canadian pastime and rally behind our incredible alpine and para-alpine athletes as they get ready to represent Canada on the world stage.”
CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day benefits Canadian ski and snowboard athletes, with participating resorts across Canada donating proceeds from the days online ticket sales back in support of these athletes’ World Cup, World Championship, Olympic and Paralympic journeys.
"Winter and skiing are synonymous with Canada and CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day is a way to bring Canadians to snow resorts across the country so they may experience winter as it is meant to be," says Bruce Robinson, CEO of Freestyle Canada. "The partnership between freestyle skiing, snowboard, and alpine skiing demonstrates our collective desire to grow winter sport through snow sports participation. Our organizations' partnership with the Canadian Ski Council and the Canadian Olympic Committee will showcase the pride our athletes have at representing Canada and tie back their athletic success with where it all began ... the local ski and snowboard hill. Join Canada's snow sports athletes as they celebrate CIBC National Ski and Snowboard Day on January 27th."
"We’re extremely proud to work with our resort partners and our friends at Alpine Canada & Freestyle Canada to celebrate National Ski & Snowboard day. Winter and snowsports are an important part of our collective Canadian identity, and we’re excited to share our passion for snowboarding with millions of Canadians from coast to coast”, said Patrick Jarvis, Executive Director of Canada Snowboard. “We invite all Canadians to head out to their favourite ski resort on January 27th to celebrate the joy of snowboarding and skiing, and to show their support for our world class athletes before they depart for the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic & Paralympic Games.”
Whether you’re a seasoned mountain explorer or completely new to the sport, CIBC National Ski & Snowboard Day is the perfect family-friendly reason to get outside this winter. With an estimated 2.5 million skiers and snowboarders in Canada and approximately 275 ski areas to explore, it’s no wonder hitting the slopes is one of Canada’s favourite ways to brave our winters.
“Canada is a winter country and Canadians were not meant to hibernate,” says Paul Pinchbeck, CEO of the Canadian Ski Council. “Skiing and snowboarding are the greatest family oriented winter sports and a key opportunity to get outside and be active in winter. Our winter sport athletes are heroes who can be looked up to and can help inspire new people to take up snow sports. This new partnership between Canada’s resorts, the Canadian Olympic Committee and the alpine, freestyle and snowboard teams is an opportunity to engage the nation in a celebration of winter sport. We look forward to welcoming skiers and snowboarders, whether existing or new, to Canada’s resorts on National Ski and Snowboard Day.”
- Marble Mountain, Newfoundland
- Stoneham, Quebec
- Mont-Tremblant, Quebec
- Mont Farlagne, New Brunswick
- Blue Mountain, Ontario
- Horseshoe Valley, Ontario
- Holiday Mountain, Manitoba
- Castle Mountain, Alberta
- Nakiska, Alberta
- Misery Mountain, Alberta
- Whistler Blackcomb, British Columbia
- Grouse Mountain, British Columbia
- Red Mountain, British Columbia
- Tabor Mountain, British Columbia
- Panorama, British Columbia
- Silver Star, British Columbia
- Mount Washington, British Columbia
- Mount Sima, Yukon
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Sport for Life Canadian Summit announces Keynote Speaker: ASHFM Honoured Member Lanny McDonald
Article from Sport For Life: NHL legend Lanny McDonald to deliver keynote speech on inclusion at the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit
The Sport for Life Society is pleased to announce that Lanny McDonald will deliver a keynote address on inclusion in sport and physical activity at the 2018 Sport for Life Canadian Summit, which takes place in Gatineau, Quebec from January 23-25.
Although Lanny McDonald is best known for his outstanding 16-year NHL career -culminating in leading the Calgary Flames to a Stanley Cup in 1989 - the hockey legend is also a dedicated community leader and philanthropist. During and following his hockey career, McDonald has worked diligently with many organizations that promote inclusion in sport and physical activity.
This year's Summit will focus on collaboration within the sport system and across the recreation, education and health sectors in order to give participants the best possible chance to succeed. As an ambassador for Canadian Tire Jumpstart, a charity dedicated to making it possible for all kids to participate, McDonald supports the organization's goal of providing greater access to sport and play to Canadian children with disabilities. This work exemplifies the theme of the 2018 Summit, Working Together.
McDonald has been a champion for inclusion since his rookie season in the NHL. In 1974 he represented the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Special Olympics Summer Games, and since that time has been involved with the Special Olympics' awareness and fundraising campaigns. He was named honorary coach of the Special Olympics Summer Games in Calgary in 1986. In addition, McDonald has committed his time and influence to a number of other charities. This, paired with his successful NHL career, make McDonald an inspiration both on and off the ice.
ASHFM Volunteer Christmas Party
This year, our Volunteer Christmas Party took a twist! Volunteers, Staff, and Board took part in a Murder Mystery, including intrigue, vendettas, and of course, a delicious meal! We hope you enjoyed your evening as much as we did.
We put on this annual party to say thank you to our volunteers for everything they do to make the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and Museum run smoothly! Volunteers are an integral part of our team and we really couldn't accomplish the things we do without your hard work and dedication.
If you're interested in becoming a Volunteer at the ASHFM, please contact Megan at
Honoured Member Beckie Scott Weighs in on the Russian Olympic Ban
Article from CBC: Retired cross-country skier Beckie Scott lauds Russian Olympic ban
Beckie Scott says she's encouraged by the International Olympic Committee's decision to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Olympics and allow only clean athletes from that country to compete as neutrals.
The former Canadian cross-country skier has been an anti-doping campaigner since her bronze medal in 2002 was upgraded from silver and then to gold because athletes who finished ahead of her were disqualified over failed doping tests.
The IOC says Russian athletes have to prove they're clean in order to compete in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February. They can't wear the Russian flag or hear the Russian anthem played if they win gold.
Scott is the chair of the World Anti-Doping Agency's athlete committee. She says the IOC's announcement sends a strong message to clean athletes that they'll be protected.
She also says if she was competing in Pyeongchang, she would feel there is a greater chance at a level playing field.
At 29, Scott became the first North American woman to capture a cross-country skiing Olympic medal by finishing third in the women's five-kilometre pursuit on Feb. 15, 2002.
Scott was lifted into the silver-medal position and eventually into top spot after winner Olga Danilova and silver medallist Larissa Lazutina of Russia were both disqualified for doping offences.
Scott received the silver medal at a ceremony in 2004. The Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland then ruled in December that Scott should be upgraded to gold due to Danilova's infraction.
Russian athletes to appeal
Both Danilova and Lazutina tested positive for darbepoetin, which enhances endurance by stimulating the production of oxygen-carrying red blood cells.
The recently banned Russian athletes have said they will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne.
Any sanctions imposed by the IOC can also be challenged at CAS, and later at Switzerland's supreme court, which can intervene if legal process has been abused.
The IOC said a panel of officials chaired by former France Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron will decide which athletes to accept at the Olympics in February.