Posted on January 14, 2015 at 2:52am by CARV Comments Off on Ski-A-Thon

The date for Ski-A-Thon has been set, Friday February 6 (5:00-8:30pm). Proceeds go towards supporting our racers and this year one special racer in particular, Ewan Gallacher. Use this pledge form

Racers should arrive at 5:00pm and proceed to the Track 3 room to register and drop off their pledges. Track 3 is located on the ground floor. When you are in the locker room heading out to ski, pass the rental shop on your left, then turn right in the doors to the hallway to get to Track 3. There will be signs posted to help you find the Track 3 room for registration.

The Ski-A-Thon course will be set on Racers Alley and open for athletes at 6:00pm.

Head Coach John MacDonald will set an exciting Dual Slalom course where you can race off against your buddies or your parents. Try to go easy on Mom and Dad!

Racers love nothing better than to ‘smoke the coach’, all coaches are invited to race as well!

Parents are invited to participate. They can run the gates, watch the fun on Racers Alley or socialize with other parents in the Silver Tip Lounge. The full Silver tip Lounge menu will be available for parents and guests.

If parents do not have a membership, Chicopee is offering a special Ski-A-Thon pass so you can participate.

The courses will be closed at 7:30pm. Racers will then head back to the Silver Tip for a pizza party and prizes! Parents please note, the pizza is for the racers!

Prizes will include..

A $200 Team fundraising prize to be used for a team party or event.

Coaches and Team Managers, if your team is scheduled for a race or training during Ski-A-Thon and your team still fundraises, your team still qualifies for the CARV Team Award!

Individual prizes for racers who raise the most.

1/. $75
2/. $50
3/. $25

Random bib draws for iTunes gift cards!

Why is Ski-A-Thon Important?

Ski-A-Thon is one of the first events CARV ever held. It has always been our most attended event and is enjoyed by parents and racers alike. It also happens to raise the most funding for CARV.

Choosing a date for Ski-A-Thon is challenging. One year, CARV inadvertently scheduled Ski-A-Thon on Super Bowl Sunday. Clearly, there were no NFL fans on the CARV Board that year! Expecting disaster, we were stunned when we had our best Ski-A-Thon ever.

Last season, despite our best efforts, the CARV Ski-A-Thon date coincided with many teams being in Collingwood for races, AOA Camps and Blue Mountain Monday Training. We had one of our poorest showings ever. Maybe we should have stuck with Super Bowl Sunday!

We need to avoid a repeat of last year’s results.

Apart from being a great social event for parents and racers, the funds from Ski-A-Thon are used to buy equipment for coaches and the Racing Programme and SWAG for the racers.

This season, Ski-A-Thon funds were used to purchase the new portable timer ($3,600) as well as video cameras ($800).

In past seasons Ski-A-Thon has provided funds for:

2012…Hero Gates
2013…Timing Equipment
2015…Portable Timing Equipment.

Please get involved and support Ski Racing at Chicopee!


Due in part to poor results from last year’s Ski-A-Thon, CARV will not be able to provide an item of SWAG to racers this season. We will reevaluate our budget for 2016, solicit more sponsors and hopefully be in a better position to provide some nice SWAG for 2016.

Special Fundraiser for Ewan Gallacher

You should have all received an email regarding one of our U12 racers, Ewan Gallacher. Ewan was recently diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. Ewan’s parents, Jane Schaefer and Stuart Gallacher are bravely coping with Ewan’s illnes He is currently undergoing radiation therapy in London, Ontario.

Your friends on the CARV Board have decided to donate 25% of this year’s Ski-A-Thon profits to trust fund set up by the Kuntz family in support of Ewan and his family.