History of the Club
“They drove to the fork where the Duthie Mine Road is, parked at the gravel pit, put skins on their skis and trekked the two hours to reach the "prairie.” In those days, everyone had to hike in, and everything was brought up the slopes using manpower, including the gas for the tow line motor, the doughnuts and hot chocolate ski club members sold in their cafeteria.
Even the Chrysler motor that powered the towline was hauled up. These were true-blue skiers. It took three men and a boy to start the motor.
About 25 people of all ages have gathered to ski, shelling out $1 for the day, riding the slow, 600-foot rope tow to the top and people skied all day.
This was in the early 1960s!”
Smithers Ski Club was the original founder of the Hudson Bay Mountain Ski Area, long before it was a resort, and it still maintains a small club cabin on the mountain for all members to meet (still drink hot chocolate) and also where it provides a head quarter for all the programs that makes it possible for the SSC to run local, Northern Zone and Provincial events.
The Smithers Ski Club (SSC) has been training athletes for over thirty years. Thanks to the tireless dedication of parents and coaches, the SSC has produced many provincial and national team members such as Cormac Hickish, Simon Challen, Claire Challen, Scott Rowsell, Scott Marko, Lauren Stewart. At its height, the club boasted thirty FIS alpine members, twelve of which were racing at the elite FIS level and burning up the province.
The Smithers Ski & Snowboard Club provides a family oriented environment in which members make friends, develop a passion for Skiing and Snowboarding, and achieve excellence in a sportsmanlike culture.
The Smithers Ski & Snowboard Club Objectives:
* Promote Sportsmanship
* Promote competition in a fun and safe environment
* Introduce athletes to all aspects of skiing, snowboarding, fitness and nutrition
* Provide progressive training opportunities for all levels of athletes
* Provide open and continuous communication between athletes, parents, coaches, executive members and club representatives
* Strive for commitment and excellence
Board of Directors
Our board of directors is made up of committed volunteers that are also very active in our community. Members of our 2014/15 board of directors are:
- President - Gary Huxtable
- Vice President - Phillip Bernier
- Entry Level Coordinator - Carrie Collingwood
- Alpine Chair - Cobey Oliemans
- Treasurer - Rachelle Appleyard
- Secretary - Heather Press
- Secretary In Training - Susanne Watson
- Snowboard Chair - Warren Pali