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February '12

Tuesday 31 Jan. 2012

Chicopee Ski Club and the Community

Lori McRae

Chicopee was founded in 1934 by a group of ski conscious local people who wanted to pass on their love of the sport

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to the rest of the community.  In the first year there were 200 members; today there are 3,000.

Today Chicopee offers the full spectrum of winter and summer season sports and activities, food and beverage lounge, hall and deck, meeting and conference facilities and plays host to a wide variety of special events, tournaments, visitors to our region, weddings, trade shows and an extensive school group program. It is considered a gem of Waterloo Region. Its 165 acres of land include 14 ski/snowboard runs, 4 chairlifts (including a new Quad lift), 2 magic carpets, 7 km’s of bike trails, 5 clay tennis courts, 3 Olympic beach volley ball courts, 2 bike parks and an 18 hole disc golf course. All of these are serviced by a 30,000 sq. ft. full-service chalet.Chicopee attracts 285,000 visitors annually and employs over 300 people in full-time and seasonal positions.

Chicopee launched a 10-year strategic plan called Vision 2020 which will ensure growth and viability for years to come.

  Chicopee’s vision states that “Chicopee is a unique community resource committed to providing four season fun-filled recreation and learning experiences for all ages.  Chicopee offers four-season family fun for the whole community”.

Chicopee is an active community supported.  A key program is Track 3 which provides disabled children with customized programs and the opportunity to ski.  Other ways they give back to the community are through donation of lift tickets and Green Season passes to various charitable organizations; Community Outreach  Program Summer (COPS) where working with groups like Big Brothers/Big Sisters 50 children experience a day of skiing followed by dinner;  “Ski Down Wednesday” where lift tickets are reduced and for every ticket sold, $5 is donated to a selected charity: and RAK – Random Act of Kindness Day where special incentives are provided.

Chicopee has a proud history and looks forward to a long and happy relationship with Waterloo Region as an all season resort.

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