Melanie Bernier races in Europe last winter.

Mel Bernier reaching for the top, but needs help

Melanie Bernier aiming for big vertical as she fundraises to compete on ski mountaineering World Cup.

Revelstoke based Canadian National Ski Mountaineering Team member Mel Bernier is looking for sponsorship to help enable her to compete on the World Cup Circuit and World Championships.

Although ski mountaineering is under International Olympic Committee review, it is not yet recognised as an Olympic sport, so no funding is available to athletes. She has embarked on a 30 day uphill challenge during November, climbing as many vertical metres as possible, all self propelled by foot or ski, depending on conditions. She has already been spotted doing multiple (and fast) ski laps of the McCrae glacier and will continue to use this event to train for the first race of the season at Calgary Olympic Park.

Bernier would like to invite companies and individuals to help by becoming a sponsor for the event. At the end of the uphill challenge, a closing ceremony will showcase all businesses sponsoring the event and draw prizes will be given away for people who have made personal donations. All proceeds from the Olympic Park event will go to the Revelstoke Ski Club.

Should you be interested to find out more details about the project/fundraiser, feel free to contact Bernier via email at uphillchallenge2014@gmail.com or at 250-814-7890. You can find more details on Facebook or at www.reachforthetop.myevent.com, where you will also be able to make donations.

 

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