Sovereign Lake Nordic Club is blessed with having a long ski season, exceptional snow quality, moderate temperatures and extraordinary groomed trails. As a volunteer-driven club, we have strived to provide a world-class Nordic Skiing experience for all ages and abilities, at an affordable price.
Grooming 54km of trails daily not only requires a great grooming team but also top-notch equipment. Wear and tear on our high mileage grooming equipment has reached the point where maintenance costs and downtime have impacted our ability to groom our trails to the standards that our members and guests expect.
Traditionally, we have purchased used alpine area snow groomers that are halfway through their lifespan to fit our budgets. This strategy has led to higher maintenance costs and inefficiencies in our operations. A used groomer also has a limited lifespan and an unknown history.
Moreover, there have been significant advancements to Grooming Technology. Having moved away from hydraulics to electronics, new groomers, such as the PB-400 are more efficient to operate, maintain and are substantially more environmentally friendly with reduced emissions and fuel consumption. Their expected lifespan is on average 10-11,000 hours. This equates to roughly 7+ yrs when used in conjunction with a second machine.
When all is taken into consideration a new snow groomer is the best investment.
A new PistenBully 400 groomer costs $450,000. This amount is beyond what we have been able to put aside in our capital reserve funds alone. We must initiate this fundraising campaign now in order to ensure delivery in time for the start of the 2019-20 season.
Consequently, we are launching a capital fund campaign in an effort to raise the required funds from donations from our members and community at large.
The campaign will run from now to the end of April 2019.
We offer a variety of options for you to choose from to help assist us in attaining our goal of raising $280,000.
Donating by Cheque
Charitable Tax Receipts
If you would like to receive a charitable tax receipt for your donation then you will need to donate via cheque that is payable to “Minister of Finance PEF – SilverStar Park – Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre Partnership“ Acct# 2950814 or you can donate through our e-Transfer option by clicking on the DONATE NOW button just above and to the right of this note. Please note that BC Parks requires a minimum contribution of $25 in order to attain a charitable tax receipt.
Tax Receipt not Needed for your Cheque? (or is under $25)
If you are providing the club with a cheque for less than $25 or simply do not require a tax receipt, then please make your cheque payable to “Sovereign Lake Nordic Club“. Standard cheques are permitted and will be presented to a staff member by the donor at the counter along with a signed copy of the Fundraising Donor Form, available to download by clicking on the link below. Place your donation and the signing and completed form in a provided white envelope with your name on it. Our staff will deposit it straight into our safe.
We are excited to offer our members a new secure way of donating through our new e-Transfer Portal. Simply click on the DONATE HERE button to the upper right and you will be directed to the page. You can also access the page by clicking on eTransfer Portal.
While we generally discourage straight cash donations (we would prefer that you use our new e-Transfer Portal) we do have a process for collecting these cash funds. As with cheques, you can submit cash donations over the counter by including a Fundraising Donor Form with your cash. This will go into an envelope and sealed with your name on it and be directly deposited into our safe.
Donating directly to the BC Parks Enhancement Fund
We are very fortunate to have a fantastic relationship with BC Parks and they make available the BC Parks Enhancement Fund (PEF) for making charitable donations.
- Go to the Parks Enhancement Fund Donations Portal at https://apps.nrs.gov.bc.ca/pub/pefp/
- In the search box enter “Silver Star Park – Sovereign Lake Centre Partnership”
- Click on the DONATE button and enter your information as required.
- A tax receipt will be sent to you for your donation over $25. This may take up to a month to receive as it is processed through Victoria.
You can also mail a cheque to:
BC Parks (attn: Melissa Quin)
PO Box 9398 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, BC V8W 9M9
Make cheques payable to: “Minister of Finance PEF – SilverStar Park – Sovereign Lake Nordic Centre Partnership”
Reference acct # 2950814