Shames Mountain offers family fringe benefits

Although most of us are feeling a little disgruntled with the lack of summer we’ve had, I sit with my kids, nephews and friends, hoping that not only will the snow Gods bless us with the powder we look forward to every winter, but more importantly, that our little winter paradise, Shames Mountain, opens for another season.

Dear sir,

Although most of us are feeling a little disgruntled with the lack of summer we’ve had, I sit with my kids, nephews and friends, hoping that not only will the snow Gods bless us with the powder we look forward to every winter, but more importantly, that our little winter paradise, Shames Mountain, opens for another season.

I’m sure many of you have heard that Shames Mountain is up for sale and that My Mountain Co-op has been trying to raise money through membership sales, donations and fund raisers, to buy Shames.

I know not everyone sees Shames’ significance, therefore, I’d like to share with you what Shames means to my family.

I was never a “winter person”, let alone a skier.  Born and raised in Kitimat, I enjoyed tobogganing as a kid, but never skied.

And when I did try skiing, I never progressed past the snow plowing or ‘pizza phase’ and honestly, it was just too much work and not enough fun…so I didn’t pursue it.

I dreaded the short, dark days of winter that seemed to drag on forever, month after month.  (We all know that it’s not uncommon to have up to six months of winter here!)

Then I had kids! My eldest son, who just turned 12, started skiing at Shames when he was six. I remember that first day –  I reluctantly let him go secretly hoping, and fully expecting he’d come back exhausted and frustrated, never wanting to go again.

I couldn’t have been more wrong!  A passion was ignited within him that day, something I haven’t seen in many other kids.

Over the next couple of years, I gave skiing a decent shot.  I’d do my duty and go to the hill, awkwardly ski a few runs, but mainly I sat in the lodge with my youngest son, chatting with all the new friends I was making.

When my youngest son turned four he joined his brother and cousins and learned to ski. Now we needed two sets of hands on the hill.

Well, I learned to ski pretty quickly – chasing a 4-year-old down the hill is a fast way to develop your abilities.

Over the next few years, we became fixtures at the hill. My husband and I, our two boys, my sister and her two boys, and along the way friends and family joined in, even if it was just to watch from the bottom of the hill and enjoy the friendly atmosphere.

A couple of years ago, the kids became involved in the Northwest Freeriders and us Moms became the “Park Moms”, hanging out in the terrain park, being the unofficial team photographers, cheering the kids on, helping them up when they bailed, learning the lingo (much to their embarrassment), and even sometimes tagging along on runs that were a little bit challenging for us.

The kids have made friendships at Shames that will last a lifetime and have coaches that are not only their ski and boarding coaches, but have become like family to them.

For us, as parents, Shames has given us the opportunity to get to know our kids even better!

We are not sitting on the sidelines, we are participating with them! We ride the chairlift with them and have the quiet time to chat with them. Or we can just sit in silence and enjoy the amazing views – plus they need us to get there!

It is one of my greatest joys, being on that mountain with my kids, watching their passions grow along with their skills.

I can’t imagine our lives without Shames.  I can’t imagine not getting up every weekend to drive from Kitimat to Shames – we do it both days, every weekend.

My kids don’t play hockey, they don’t play indoor soccer, they aren’t in the swim club, they are skiers, and proud of it.

And I’m even prouder!

Kids that ski and snowboard deserve the same opportunities to enjoy their sport and to pursue their dreams and without Shames, those opportunities are gone.

Can you imagine if the hockey arenas in Kitimat and Terrace were to close and the closest arena was in Smithers?

Please check out for lots of great information and to see how you can help save Shames Mountain.

Skiers, boarders and those that love them, please buy your memberships. It’s risk free.

Can you imagine a winter without Shames?  I can’t.


Brandi Thornton,




Just Posted

Kitimat pool and arena evacuated due to wrong mix of chemicals

Hazmat crew on its way to determine how dangerous scene is at the Sam Lindsay Aquatic Centre

New Coast Guard radar boosts marine traffic monitoring off B.C. coast

Six radar installations set up for Georgia Strait to Queen Charlotte Strait to Prince Rupert

B.C. Legions in need of young members to continue aiding veterans into the future

Lest we forget what thousands of men and women did to fight for Canada’s freedoms – but without new membership, many Legion chapters face dwindling numbers

Kitimat commits itself to the global fight against polio

Mayor Phil Germuth signs a proclamation

$2 million landfill capping complete

The purpose is to minimize potential leaching of contaminants from the site.

Winter weather hits parts of Canada

As some parts of the country brace for cold, parts of B.C. remain warmer than 10 C

Canada’s health system commendable overall but barriers to care remain: UN

The United Nations says Canada’s health care system is “commendable” overall but vulnerable groups still face barriers to quality care.

Unique technology gives children with special needs more independent play

UVic’s CanAssist refined seven prototypes aided by $1.5M government contribution

Kelly Ellard’s boyfriend has statutory release revoked

Darwin Duane Dorozan had several parole infractions that found him ‘unmanageable’

Doctor’s note shouldn’t be required to prove you’re sick: poll

70% of Canadians oppose allowing employers to make you get a sick note

German-born B.C. man warns against a ‘yes’ vote on proportional representation

Agassiz realtor Freddy Marks says PR in his home country shows party elites can never be voted out

Fashion Fridays: 5 coats you need this winter!

Kim XO, lets you know the best online shopping tips during Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Saskatchewan college honours memory of Humboldt Broncos coach

Darcy Haugan wore jersey No. 22 when he was a star player with the Briercrest College Clippers

Liberals to act quickly if Saturday midnight deal deadline breached: source

Oh Friday, Canadian Union of Postal Workers said it would not bring the latest offers to a vote of its members

Most Read