Thursday April 17, 2014

Thousands turn out for Toonie Day at Sun Peaks

Arctic chill fails to deter avid skiers

The lure of fresh powder outweighed a wind chill of –17 C for some 2,000 skiers and snowboarders, resulting in another successful Toonie Day at Sun Peaks Resort.

Spokeswoman Brandi Schier said the annual fundraiser for the Kamloops Food Bank brought in more than $3,700 and at least 2,000 food donations, which were still being counted Monday afternoon.

“Usually it’s about a small trailer’s worth of food donations, so we’re very happy that we’re able to give back to the Kamloops Food Bank,” Schier said.

A food donation along with $2 earns guests a day on the Sun Peaks chairlift on Toonie Day — a deal that was too good to pass up despite the onset of a powerful cold snap. Schier said people bundled up and took to the slopes.

Seven centimetres of new snow fell overnight Sunday. Arctic temperatures create a dry, fluffy snow that’s ideal for skiing and snowboarding, said Schier.

“It’s great snow for anybody who was able to come up here,” she said.

Sun Peaks hosts two Toonie Days a year, one in the winter and another during the summer. When combined, this year’s events raised about $6,000, which is on par with the last few years.

“This was a great turnout and it was consistent with the amount of people coming up during the last few years,” said Schier.

“A big thanks to everyone who came up and helped contribute.”

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