The Vernon Ski Club created the Silver Star Kal Tire Round Up three years ago to offer something different from the mainstream festivals like Nancy Greene’s Festival at Sun Peaks.
Rather than the same old Slalom, Giant Slalom, and a Jump, club officials decided to create an event that really gives back to the kids and parents. The events are open so members and non-members of BC Alpine can try out events like: Ski Cross, Under The Hill Downhill (a safe speed event), and a Head to Head Pro Style sprint Slalom.
“These are the events kids see on TV and they want to try to see what’s it all about,” said Garry van Soest of the club. “We lowered the entry fee to half of other festivals and we ask sponsors to give us lots of ski gear to give away.
“We’ve given away six pairs of skis, 10 pair of poles, XBox, and lots of ski tuning gear and equipment to the tune of $4,000 in prizes. Nobody else is doing this. We believe it’s about the kids getting a chance to do something they wouldn’t normally get to do and to receive awesome prizes.”
More than 1,000 kids from all over B.C. and Alberta have enjoyed the Round Up.