Mt Washington Ski Club is a non-profit organization run by members. Only our coaches are paid! Our success depends on the many volunteer hours that parents donate to the Club. We have the good fortune to have dedicated and enthusiastic volunteers who work together in teams (and have fun doing so!). There are many ways to get involved with the Club and you don’t even have to ski to do them. Please don’t be shy, jump in and lend a hand, “Many hands make light work”. Please speak with one of the Executive or Volunteer Coordinators to find out ways to get involved, or let us know if you have a particular talent or interest that could benefit the Club.
Volunteer effort is the backbone of our club! Club fees provide one third of the funds required to operate our organization for the season. The expenses include coaching wages, Provincial registration fees, Cabin expenses (Insurance, Hydro, maintenance), office supplies, equipment (Gates, Timing, Radios, Bibs, Drills, etc) to name a few. The remaining funds must be made up through corporate sponsorship, and volunteer efforts.
Some of the many volunteer opportunities to choose from: The list is long but includes club cabin clean up, work at races, club monitor, Lunch sales, Nancy Greene group helper , coordinator, executive member and work with sponsorship/fundraising etc….
70% of the funds necessary to run our club come from fundraising activities and corporate sponsorship. Please pitch in and help us keep costs of our programs down!
Royal LePage Snow to Surf: Each season the Comox Valley plays host to a relay race that takes participants from the top of Mount Washington to the Comox Marina. Our part in this event s very significant, we supply the refreshments! We take out a liquor license and host a dance for all participants on the Saturday night as well as a beer garden at Comox Marina directly after the race.
Races on the hill: Our club is well known around the Province for hosting great events and we take great pride in this. Our club plays host to Nancy Greene, U14,U16 and higher level FIS, Para National and NorAm races on a regular basis. The number and variety of races we host each season is set in the spring at the Coast Zone meeting and BC Alpine Spring AGM. When we host an event we are not out to make a buck, our goal is to host great events, take care of our volunteers, have fun and hopefully make a few bucks. Hosting races takes a huge number of volunteers, typically 80 to 100 people a weekend.
Casino Night: We list this event as one of our FUNraising events, it’s a ton of fun and also brings much needed funds into the club.
Ski Van Advertising: MWSC has a dedicated ski van and we offer advertising to our sponsors.
Thrifty Smile Card Program: Thrifty offers preloaded cash cards and MWSC gets 5% of the gross sales for each $1.00 spent. This is an easy fundraiser if Ski Club members participate. Simply shop at Thrifty Foods and use your smile card for your groceries.
Movie Nights: We have hosted several ski and bike movies at the Sid William theatre in Courtenay in November/December to hype the season and the club.
Adult Recreational race series: From time to time we may host a fun recreation race series. These events increase the exposure of ski racing and serve as a practice ground for our new race volunteers. The event would have a coordinator and would need a dedicated group of course workers and timing crew to make them successful.
Your Ideas: We are eager to hear your suggestions for fundraising opportunities.