By Sara Moulton
If you’ve been looking to make new friends and have some motorized winter fun around Fernie, then the Elk Valley Snowmobile Club might just be for you.
The club was formed two years ago with the aim of promoting a safe and fun alternative to other winter sports in the Elk Valley area. The president of the club, Dan Rotella, enjoys the camaraderie involved in snowmobiling and is keen to grow the club as a family-based organization that focuses on fundraising for the community.
“Our plans are to have several events during the year…our goal is first of all to raise money for charities,” said Rotella. “(Almost) every event that we’re going to have will be a family event; we’ll have poker runs, barbeques, treasure hunts, that kind of thing. STARS Ambulance is one of major charities we’re looking to work with, but we’ll also be focusing on local charities and helping people in need.”
Rotella also explains how the sport of snowmobiling has been becoming increasingly popular over the years and has registered the club with the Association of British Columbia Snowmobilers. Those who are new to the area or have not had much experience with the sport will find that joining a club is a great way to make friends and build skills in a safe and supportive environment.
“It’s a great way to meet people and get out and enjoy the outdoors. We’re about safety; about what’s important, and what you need to know about snowmobiling.”
The club’s website, www.elkvalleysnow.ca, offers contact details and further information on the club, while membership books can be found in Fernie at Quality for Less Furniture or at Stephenson Paint and Performance.