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   Walden Ski Club… Ready for Another Season!

The Walden Ski Club is getting ready for another successful season at the Lively Ski Hill. The snow guns have been blasting and the concession stand is being stocked and ready to open.

New this year is the addition of the skating rink near the base of the ski hill. Originally set up by the tennis courts for many years, the new location of the ice rink will allow families to have one central destination for family activity in Lively. 

Due to this addition the ski club is working with the City to extend the hours of operation for the ski hill, and as always they are looking for volunteers to help out in the concession stand during the season.

If you are interested in volunteering, or if you want any additional information, please contact Josh Gervais at 692-3607.        

                                                                      By Kelly Demers

Guns a Blazing!
By Kelly Demers
On January 6th the efforts of the Walden Ski Club paid off; there was snow flying at the Lively Ski Hill and it wasn’t because of Mother Nature! For two years the Walden Ski Club, a community-based volunteer group, has been working hard to raise the funds necessary to make snowmaking a reality at the Lively Ski Hill, and on this day the community was introduced to the two newest members of the Club, snow guns! When the City of Greater Sudbury agreed to reopen the Lively Ski Hill after an eight-year closure in 2008, the community was excited to get back on the slopes, but the weather did not cooperate. With very little snow falling that year the hill was unable to open to the public. This is when the Walden Ski Club jumped into action and began a campaign to raise the money necessary to bring snow making to the ski hill. After two years of soliciting donations from the community, hosting various fundraising events and working closely with the City of Greater Sudbury, the Walden Ski Club was proud to participate in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open the 2010 ski season on artificial snow! The Walden Ski Club would like to thank all the people and businesses that have supported them in their efforts to make snow making a reality.The Club will continue to operate the concession stand at the Hill to raise funds for the next phase of their campaign; rebuilding the chalet! For hours of operation, ticket prices and hill conditions please visit the City of Greater Sudbury’s web site at www.greatersudbury.ca For more information about the Walden Ski Club, or to find out how you can volunteer, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Posted 2 hours ago on www.thesudburystar.com  Lively Ski Hill has its guns blazingThe Lively Ski Hill has been lit up with its new snow guns blazing for about two weeks now, preparing to open for the season on Wednesday. "Right now, we are just really excited to have the guns blowing snow," said Kelly Demers, volunteer marketing co-ordinator for the Walden Ski Club. The club has worked to revive the hill for the last few years, doing repairs, adding a lift and raising funds for snowmaking. A lack of snow had prevented the hill, which has been closed since about 2001, from opening. The club collected the $43,000 needed to purchase snow-making equipment a couple of years ago, but the hill then ran into another issue -- a lack of water access. Mother Nature did provide enough snow last season for the hill to open for about three months. "It was a bit spotty because there were certainly some days where we had to close due to conditions. Overall, we were open for about three months. We considered that pretty successful," Demers said. This year, the hill won't be so weather dependent. The club has collected more than $12,000 and the city has kicked in the remainder of the cost to bring snowmaking to the hill. The price tag for snowmaking and water access was about $120,000, Demers said. Snow making started at the hill about two weeks ago. "This is the first year we are going to have snowmaking. The conditions on the hill will be excellent," Demers said. The city, which is taking care of maintenance and snow making, announced the opening of the hill will take place on Wednesday at 4 p.m. Mayor John Rodriguez and Coun. Jacques Barbeau are scheduled to be at the opening


Lively Ski Hill to Have Snowmaking!

The Walden Ski Club has been working with the City of Greater Sudbury over the course of the summer to ensure snowmaking equipment will be installed in time for the 2009-2010 ski season. Currently the water line needed to operate the guns is being installed and all the other necessary equipment has been ordered. The Club expects to have everything in place for the upcoming ski season. Volunteers with the Club have also been working hard to clear the ski hill of brush and other saplings that may impede skiers. The Walden Ski Club would like to thank everyone who has donated their time and money towards this project. For more information please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photo caption:Walden Ski Club volunteers help to brush the Lively Ski Hill for the upcoming season. 


Nature helps Lively skiers 
Abundance of snow allows ski hill to open for first time in eight years 

Lively Ski Hill is ready to open for the first time since 2001, thanks in part to Mother Nature. 

"We are really excited and happy to finally get things off the ground and moving along," said Kelly Demers, fundraising coordinator with Walden Ski Club. "We have been working very hard over the past few years to get the ski hill open." The Walden Ski Club and the city have been working to revive the hill -- which closed in 2001 -- over the last few years. Repair work was done and a lift was added, but a lack of snow kept skiers off the hill. "This year, Mother Nature has decided to bestow us with enough snow so that we are going to be able to open starting this Saturday," Demers said. The hill will be open from noon-4:30 p. m. and will continue operation through the season, weather permitting. A grand reopening party is scheduled for Jan. 17, which will include a barbecue. "We are going to be offering everybody a free lift pass that day just to say thank you for being so patient in waiting for the ski hill to finally open," Demers said. The club decided last year to work toward installing snow-making equipment at the hill. The club collected the $43,000 needed to purchase the equipment, but the hill does not have an adequate water source. "The only water source that is available right now is the residential line, and that's not an acceptable option," Demers said. "We need to raise the money to have a new waterline installed." The cost would be about $107,000 and the club has secured about $43,000. Demers said they are trying to raise the additional $64,000 by the spring.Continued After Advertisement BelowAdvertisement"Then, the city can start construction over the summer and we can have everything installed and ready to go by next ski season," Demers said. "That is our main, big goal right now." The club can be reached by e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  Adanac Ski Hill, which opened on Jan. 2, is open Wednesday to Friday from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and 6 p. m. to 9:30 

Lively ski hill opens today 
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Posted 1 day ago- Jan.10th 

Things are going downhill in Lively again. 
That's because the Lively Ski Hill is back in business after an eight-year absence. The hill will open for the season today from noon- 4:30 p. m. Saturdays and Sundays, and from 7-9:30 p. m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The hill features a new platter lift and concession stand. Operating hours are dependent on weather conditions and may change without notice.

Kelly Demers
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Snowmaking almost a reality for Lively Ski Hill

For the past three years we, the Walden Ski Club, in partnership with the City of Greater Sudbury, have been working hard to get the Lively Ski Hill up and running again. The weather, however, has not been cooperating. Last year the Club decided that installing snowmaking equipment at the hill would increase the hill’s ability to open and remain open even when Mother Nature decided otherwise. We embarked on a fundraising campaign that saw us raise the $43,000 needed to purchase the snowmaking equipment. This was done through several fundraisers throughout the community, as well as donations from Councilor Jacques Barbeau, the City of Greater Sudbury and local businesses and companies. We would like to give a warm thanks to all those who have given generously.Now all that remains between making our goal of snowmaking at Lively a reality is infrastructure, specifically water. The snowmaking process requires a great deal of water and at present the only water source available is the residential line for First Ave and Eastern Ave. If we were to hook our water line to this system the residents on these streets would loose significant water pressure, and that is not an acceptable solution. The solution presented to us by the City is to have our very own water system installed so we do not disturb the service for the residents. Unfortunately, it will cost approximately $80,000 to have this work done. The City has decided that if we can raise the funds needed by this spring they will proceed with installing the water line in time for the 2009-2010 ski season.It is with this new goal that we are embarking on another fundraising campaign. We will be contacting businesses throughout The Greater Sudbury Area asking for donations as well as accepting donations from citizens. A special donor’s wall will be designed and displayed in the chalet to showcase those who have given generously to the ski hill. If you, or your business, are interested in helping the community of Lively have a sustainable ski hill once again please contact Kelly at 556-0198 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  We would also like to mention that even though we will not have the snowmaking running this season, if we get adequate snow fall this year we will still be able to open the hill for everyone to enjoy! So lets pray for snow!Walden Ski Club


For Immediate Release Friday, March 7, 2008.FREE PUBLIC TRANSIT FROM LIVELY TO ADANAC SKI HILL
DURING MARCH BREAKDownhill skiers from Lively and area won't have to miss their favourite sport over the March Break.Due to a lack of natural snow cover on the Lively ski hill, the Walden Ski Club has partnered with the City of Greater Sudbury and Ward 2 Councillor Jacques Barbeau to offer free public transit to Adanac Ski Hill, from Monday, March 10 until Friday, March 14.Greater Sudbury Transit express bus service will leave the T.M. Davies Community Centre/Arena at 9:10 a.m. and 11:40 a.m. each day. Return transportation from Adanac Ski Hill will leave at 1:45 p.m. and 4:15 p.m. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.Adanac Ski Hill is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from March 10 to 14. Lift tickets are available for purchase at the hill. For information about ski hill conditions, please visit www.greatersudbury.ca  or call 566-9911.For information about express bus service to Adanac Ski Hill, please call Greater Sudbury Transit at 675-3333.- 30 -
Media Contact:Ghislain Lamothe, Manager,
Corporate Communications and French-Language Services,
City of Greater Sudbury, 674-4455, ext. 4507

Fundraising Concert Brings Local Talent Home!

The Walden Ski Club, which operates the Lively Ski Hill, is joining forces with recording artists Superstack and Angie Nussey for a fundraising concert on January 19, 2008. This concert, named Rock For Snow, will raise money to go towards the purchase and installation of snowmaking equipment for the Lively Ski Hill.The event will feature exclusive live performances by recording artists Superstack, Angie Nussey, and Basement Arms, dinner catered by New Orleans Pizza, and a raffle draw for great prizes. Both Superstack and Angie Nussey are Lively natives and are excited to be a part of this fundraising effort. Tickets are only $20 each and can be purchased at New Orleans Pizza in Lively, or through any Walden Ski Club member. This is a 19+ event only. For more information call Kelly at 691-0199 or Erika at 561-6749.
What: Rock For Snow fundraising concert
When: Saturday, January 19, 2008 from 7pm-12am
Where: Kinsmen Hall in Lively, located at 15 Kin Drive (in the same building as the library).
Who: Recording artists Superstack, Angie Nussey and Basement Arms.
Why: To raise money for snowmaking equipment for the Lively Ski Hill
Media Contact:
Kelly Demers
Marketing Manager 
Walden Ski Club
(705) 691-0199
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Monday, December 3, 2007Greater Sudbury Ski Hills not yet open for seasonResidents are advised that the Greater Sudbury Ski Hills (including Adanac, Capreol and Lively) are not yet operational for the 2007-2008 season. More snow is required in order to create a safe terrain for all skiers and snowboarders. The City will advise the media and the public when the hills are ready to open.For more information, please visit www.greatersudbury.ca/ski or call 3-1-1.-30-Media Contact:
Alison Taylor
Communications Officer
City of Greater Sudbury
674-4455 ext. 2513

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