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Australia Day support: B.C. ski resort workers support wildfire relief efforts

Big White Ski Resort is celebrating Australia Day, Jan. 26
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January 26, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Ski resorts around the Thompson-Okanagan are supporting their customers, friends and relatives overseas for this year’s Australia Day.

Record-breaking temperatures and droughts have fuelled massive wildfires across Australia which began in 2019. More than roughly 800 million animals have been killed, according to the University of Sydney.


At Big White Ski Resort, for every toque sold Saturday, Jan. 25, $15 will be donated for bushfire relief efforts overseas, said senior vice president Michael Ballinhall.

“Not only do we get a lot of customers from Australia, but there’s a lot of us who are married to Australians. My boys were born in Australia. The owners are Australian, now Canadian and 62 per cent of our staff are Australian,” he said.

A bake sale will also be held at the resort during Australia Day, Jan. 26. A sausage sizzle starting at The Woods from 11 a.m. will also donate proceeds and at the BullWheel $5 from the $20 beer and parmie will go to relief efforts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The annual tradition of sending Boomer the Kangaroo to shred down the blue run, "Kangaroo" carries on for another year of Australia Day celebrations. Meet at the top of Kangaroo at 11 a.m. for a group photo.


SilverStar Mountain Resort will hold it’s annual Australia Day Bikini Ride.

The annual bikini run will begin at approximately 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.

The resort is also hosting a sausage sizzle to support Australians impacted by the wildfires outside of Town Hall at 11 a.m.


Fundraisers are being held throughout the weekend at Sun Peaks Resort.

Weekend specials are being held at Masa’s Bar + Grill, with $1 from every Pilsner draft will be donated to the relief efforts. At Morrisey’s Public House, Pint specials will be held throughout the weekend with partial proceeds going to relief efforts.

Rent a ski bike or clinic and all proceeds and rentals on Saturday and Sunday will be donated to bushfire relief efforts.

Sun Peaks Resort and Oronge Boardshop are also hosting a Party in the Park Slopestyle, which is open for everyone, taking place in the intermediate zone half-way down the top-to-bottom Terrain Park.

Registration will take place in the Village Day Lodge Jan. 26 from 8:30 to 11 a.m. All proceeds going to the Bluebird Day Fund.


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