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Enjoy a day of skiing, help hospital foundation buy much-needed equipment

Ninth Annual Ski the Trails fundraiser at Hiawatha Highlands to be held Feb. 24
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Sault Area Hospital. File photo, Darren Taylor/SooToday

Calling all winter enthusiasts! Love to ski, snowshoe or fat bike? The Sault Area Hospital Foundation has a winter challenge for you. On Sunday, Feb. 24 join us for the 9th Annual Ski the Trails fundraiser at Hiawatha Highlands.

Ski the Trails is a story of a friendly competition that became a fundraiser. Local anesthetists and avid skiers Dr. Dopp and Dr. Curran started the popular event nine years ago and have raised over $100,000 for Sault Area Hospital.

Unlike other athletic events, Ski the Trails is not a race. It’s a challenge. The concept is simple: how far you can ski, snowshoe or ride your fat bike? To join the fun, participants are encouraged to collect pledges (a minimum of $50) before they hit the trails at Hiawatha Highlands. Participants of all ages and levels can register and donate online.

“Ski, snowshoe, ride your fat bike, just get outside and push the limits,” says Dr. Curran. “It’s a long winter if you don’t find something to keep you busy.”

On Sunday, Feb. 24 registration begins at 8 a.m. in the Kinsmen Centre. Participants can check in, submit pledge sheets and warm up with coffee or hot chocolate courtesy of Allstate Insurance before hitting the trails. Registration closes at noon. The event wraps up with a free pancake brunch at the Water Tower Inn. For guests choosing to brunch only, the fee is $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12 years of age.

All proceeds raised from the event go toward purchasing medical equipment for Sault Area Hospital. Since the initial event in 2011, more than $100,000 has been raised, helping keep care close to home for our community. This event would not be possible without the partnership of the Soo Finnish Nordic Ski Club and Hiawatha Highlands. Thank you also to our generous sponsors Scotiabank, Allstate Insurance, RBC Securities, Family Dentistry on Bay, Floreani O’Toole Orthodontists and Algoma Bicycle Company. Prizes generously provided by Velorution and Algoma Bicycle Company.

“With Ski the Trails we can bring awareness and support an important cause,” said Dr. Dopp “all while doing something we love.”

Additional information about this event can be found online as well as on the Sault Area Hospital Foundation’s Facebook page.

For any other inquiries, feel free to contact Tasha Varpio at the Sault Area Hospital Foundation at 705-759-3848 or Thank you and we’ll see you out on the trails!