Right an expert female rider competes in the mountain biking provincial championships on Sept. 11 at Sir Sam’s Ski and Ride.Photos by Darren Lum.

Sir Sam’s commemorating anniversary with Golden Gala

By Angelica Ingram

When most people think about a ski hill images of snowsuits uncomfortable boots and tuques come to mind.

But those things will be traded in for cocktail attire and glitz on the evening of Saturday Feb. 20 for Sir Sam’s Ski/Ride Golden Gala celebrating the resort’s 50th anniversary.

The event will get underway at the Eagle Lake ski hill at 7 p.m. with a reception said resort owner Chris Bishop.

“We’re making it a special gala event” he said.

The evening will include live music from five-piece band Arden & the Tourists with the dance floor getting revved up at 8 p.m. The band will perform classic rock ‘n’ roll songs that celebrate the resort over the past half a century.

“They play everything from Neil Diamond right up to the latest songs” said Bishop.
The resort is having catered hors d’oeuvres.

One of the highlights of the evening will be what Bishop describes as a torchlight parade happening around 10 p.m.

“We’ll have skiers coming down the hill carrying torches. It’s very pretty. We used to do it in the past years ago” said Bishop.

The parade will include skiers of all different ages including some veterans and snow school students.
To cap off the parade will be a fireworks display.

The evening will finish off with some late night snacks and a Sir Sam’s swag bag that each guest gets to take home.

The gift bags will include anniversary memorabilia.

“It’s just a fun event” said Bishop.

The event will be similar to what the resort did for their 40th anniversary but not as high end said the ski hill owner.

The resort has a permanent display of anniversary artifacts up this winter season in a memorabilia room. Other anniversary events this season so far have included inexpensive lift tickets a staff reunion and more.

To date more than 100 tickets have been sold for the gala. Guests must be 19 years or older to attend.

Tickets are $150 each or $250 per couple. To purchase a ticket call the ski hill at 705-754-2298 or email info@sirsams.com.

Tickets will not be available for sale at the door.