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Great opening to 40th year for Whitewater Ski Hill

Whitewater GM Kirk Jensen took advantage of the sneak-a-peek weekend with a few turns in the powder. Lots more where that came from. — Lisa Voigt photo

Whitewater officially launched the 2015/16 winter season Friday with daily operations.

Skiers received an early taste of the new year last weekend when the hill opened for two days on one of the deepest snowpacks in North America.

The celebration truly began when the resort announced it was joining the Powder Alliance, which offers Whitewater passholders up to 39 free lift tickets at 13 other resorts throughout Western North America.

Now that the season is about to get underway, there are a variety of additional exciting events and competitions scheduled to assist in the festivities.

Starting this weekend there will be the grand opening of the Youth Mountain Education Centre (Y.M.E.C.) on Sunday, December 13 at noon.

This new space in the base was built by Whitewater Ski Resort in support of the local non-profit organizations the Whitewater Ski Team and Avalanche Awareness Beyond the Boundaries (A.A.B.B.S.).

Next on the list of festivities is the premiere of the film “40 Years Young” produced by Nelson based Freeride Entertainment.

The film will be showing at 8pm on Friday, December 18 at Mike’s Place Pub located at the Hume Hotel.

“Whitewater is excited to share with the community the anniversary film created by the talented team at Freeride Entertainment,” said Rebeckah Hornung, Sales & Marketing Director at the resort.

The video will be available on Whitewater’s YouTube Channel as of Saturday, December 19th.

In hopes to inspire Whitewater guests near and far to share their Whitewater moment’s over the past 40 years, the resort will be launching a “Dear Whitewater” Instagram contest on Tuesday, December 15.

This social media campaign is based after the Dear Photograph concept created by Taylor Jones. Running for a one month period until January 15, 2016 the winner of the event will receive A Day Behind the Lens with Kari Medig, the world renown Nelson based photographer, and a $250 gift certificate to spend at the resort.

There are plenty more events happening in January 2016 such as the first Annual Community Day on Friday, January 8 and the 40th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, January 15.

For more details visit www.skiwhitewater.com.