Dustin Cook Training Centre

$931,050 of $930,000 goal

Raised by 171 people in 41 months
Breaking News - Major funding annouced: Click here for the Press Release / French version.  

PHASE 3 campaign underway - Panoramic start lodge at the top of Dustin Cook. PLEASE make all new donations on this page.

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We have now completed Phase 2 funding for snowmaking on "Dustin Cook" and are now moving to Phase 3.

The focus of Phase 2 is on improving the snowmaking infrastructure surrounding the "Dustin Cook" run and across the resort in general, that will benefit all skiers.

Thanks to generous donations from 163 families, local businesses, the Municipality of Lac Ste Marie, regional ski clubs - Camp Fortune Ski Club, Vorlage Ski Club, Edelweiss Ski Club, Outaouais Ski Zone and large donations from Club Mont Ste Marie and Mont Ste Marie, $191,500 was collectively raised for the Homologation project (Phase 1). The funds were used to lengthen and widen the old "Outaouais" ski run on Cheval Blanc to meet new safety standards required by the International Ski Federation (FIS). The new "Dustin Cook" (DC) run officially opened in March 2016 as a FIS sanctioned SL and GS run that not only benefits racers but also skiers from across the region. 

"The Dustin Cook run is the best Giant Slalom run in North America!" Piot Gelin – Former Canadian Alpine Ski Team World Cup coach, Quebec Team coach, etc.

With the "Dustin Cook" run considered to be one of the best and most challenging giant slalom runs in all of North America, Club Mont Ste Marie was awarded the highest caliber ski race in North America for men this winter, the NOR-AM Championship Finals coming in March 2017.

With MSM (skiing), Velo MSM (mountain biking) and Club de Golf Lac Ste Marie, the Dustin Cook Training Centre will be a huge boost to tourism and the entire community. Already the run is beginning to attract race teams from outside the region to train on DC mid week. In hosting FIS races, skiers / racers from across Quebec, Ontario and the North Eastern United States will be drawn to the region more often. 

To create a world class facility, modern energy efficient snow making equipment and increased capacity is desperately needed to lengthen the training window for early season and late season training camps. Extending the effective operating range of snow making will add almost two weeks of snow making days in December alone. At present regional athletes are forced to travel out West or to the North Eastern United States at great cost to find snow. It will lead to better snow quality for everyone to enjoy and free up capacity so that other runs can open sooner, benefiting not just racers but all skiers at large. It will further generate additional employment and provide for a longer more sustainable ski season. 

The "Dustin Cook Training Centre" is a Club Mont Ste Marie initiative that will show what is possible through a unique private, corporate and public partnership. It will have a significant boost to regional tourism and will benefit skiers at every level. Phase 2 is estimated to cost approximately $859,000.

The not-for-profit Club Mont Ste Marie will own the above ground assets (snow making guns, etc). Access to the run for the general public would not materially change and the club's access to the run and the investment into the run will be protected through a Hill Use Agreement and servitude. The objective is for the run to open earlier in the season, mid-week and later when it has been traditionally closed. 

Phase 3 of the project is to establish at the top of the Dustin Cook run is a "start lodge." It would double as a warm up lodge not just for athletes but for all skiers. With panoramic views of the Gatineau Mountains it would be a welcomed place to warm up on those chilly winter days.  At the bottom of the run a Competition Centre is  needed for race offices, timing, equipment storage, volunteers and athletes. It would replace the existing silver bullet and timing shacks. 

"The run is phenomenal and we now have a world class GS run in the East! But that's only step one! In order to have a world class run and training centre, you need world class snow, and for that to happen you need world class snowmaking. As you expand terrain you also need to expand your snowmaking capacity and this should be step 2 of the project. Top quality snowmaking allows earlier (and later) access to training on the hill which benefits everyone. Think Vail pre-season training but in the East! It also allows for a better and more consistent surface which is essential for top level racing, and developing top level racers. Hosting the NorAm finals is a huge accomplishment (and a testament to the quality of the run!). I'm super excited about the Training Centre and looking forward to big things coming up!"

Dustin Cook, Canadian Alpine Ski Team (Silver medalist at the 2015 World Alpine Championships)


"The Dustin Cook Training Centre is a reflection of the Club MSM's commitment to running a world class alpine program that offers aspiring ski racers the opportunity to hone their skills on what is now considered by many as the finest GS run in all of North America."

Paul Turner, Club MSM President


“The quantum expansion of the Dustin Cook Run has truly made for amazing skiing for everyone. However, as we have all experienced over the last several seasons snowmaking has become a challenge in December. The combination of weather and ski run expansion means more snowmaking. The solution is more capacity which can only be achieved by increased water pump capacity and higher yielding snowmaking gun technology. Mont Ste-Marie working with the ski community and racing clubs can bring this to fruition. Let’s go!"

Bob Sudermann
Owner of Mont Ste Marie ski resort.


"The Dustin Cook Training Centre signifies the dawn of a new era at Mont Ste. Marie. It will significantly increase both the mountain and regions appeal and attract many new tourists into the area."

Marc Foucault
Owner of Club de golf Lac Ste-Marie
U 12 Coach Club MSM


Thanks to the inspiration of Dustin Cook and his World Championship and World Cup success, the MSM World Cup Athlete Development Fund has been established as a way for the community to support the next generation of stars.

“The legacy of excellence in the Outaouais is truly remarkable - and Dustin Cook is the most recent champion who has made the entire country proud. It takes a community and projects that invest in future champions not only give that shot of adrenaline to young athletes, they inspire others to explore their potential. Please consider a investment in our ski racing community, in our athletes and in the future of our sport in Canada.”

Ken Read (Crazy Canuck - Winner of 5 World Cup downhills including the famed Hahnenkamm in Kitzbühel)

For large donations please send a cheque to Club Mont Ste. Marie to this address: 108 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1N9 and also please email Chris Klotz (campaign organizer) by selecting the Contact button below so that your donation amount can be added to this page (This will save fees).


Thank you.
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Nous entamons maintenant la phase 2, le «Dustin Cook Training Centre» (DCTC). L'objectif de cette phase est d'améliorer l'infrastructure d'enneigement entourant la piste «Dustin Cook» et de l'autre côté de la station en général, ce qui profitera à tous les skieurs.

Grâce aux généreux dons reçus de 163 familles, d’entreprises locales, de la municipalité de Lac-Sainte-Marie, de clubs de ski régionaux – le Camp Fortune Ski Racing Club, le Club de course Vorlage, l’Équipe de course de ski Edelweiss, et la Zone de ski Outaouais, ainsi qu’aux dons importants du Club Mont Ste Marie et du Mont Ste Marie, des fonds s’élevant à 191 500$ furent amassés, de façon collective, pour le Projet d’homologation (la première phase du projet « Phase 1 ») .  Les fonds furent utilisés pour prolonger et élargir l’ancienne piste de course « Outaouais », située sur Cheval Blanc, afin de répondre aux nouvelles normes de sécurité requises par la Fédération internationale de ski (« FIS »).  L’ouverture officielle de la nouvelle piste « Dustin Cook » eut lieu en mars 2016.  Cette dernière représente dorénavant une piste de SL et GS homologuée par la FIS qui bénéficie tant les compétiteurs et les compétitrices que l’ensemble des skieurs de la région.

« La « Dustin Cook » est la meilleure piste GS de l’Amérique du nord ». Piot Gelin – Entraîneur d’élite, anciennement avec l’équipe du Québec et l’équipe canadienne de ski alpin

La piste « Dustin Cook » du Mont Ste Marie est désormais reconnue comme étant l’une des meilleures et des plus avancées de toutes les pistes de slalom géant de l’Amérique du Nord.  De ce fait, le Club Mont Ste Marie s’est vu octroyer la course de ski des plus hauts calibres de l’Amérique du Nord pour hommes cet hiver, c’est-à-dire, les finales du championnat de la Coupe Nor-Am qui auront lieu en mars 2017.
 
De concert avec MSM (ski), Vélo MSM (vélo de montagne) et le Club de golf Mont Ste Marie, le Centre d’entraînement Dustin Cook représentera un important stimulus pour l’industrie touristique et pour la communauté entière.  Déjà, la piste commence à attirer des équipes de ski de l’extérieur qui veulent s’entraîner sur la piste DC en milieu de semaine.  En accueillant des courses FIS, la région attirera plus souvent des skieurs et skieuses / compétiteurs et compétitrices provenant d’autres parties du Québec, de l’Ontario et de la région Nord-Est des États-Unis.

Afin de créer un centre de renommée mondiale, il est indispensable d’être doté d’un système d’enneigement moderne et efficace sur le plan énergétique, ainsi que d’accroître notre capacité de production de neige pour prolonger la période d’entraînement afin d’accueillir des camps d’entraînement de début et de fin de saison.  En rallongeant la gamme opératoire efficace de la fabrication de neige, il sera possible d’ajouter près de deux semaines de production de neige en décembre seulement.  À l’heure actuelle, les athlètes de la région n’ont d’autre choix que de se déplacer, à grands frais, vers l’ouest du pays ou la région du Nord-Est des États-Unis à la recherche de neige.  Ce projet fera en sorte que la qualité de la neige sera améliorée, à l’avantage de tous, et libérera les capacités pour que d’autres pistes puissent ouvrir plus tôt, au profit non seulement des compétiteurs et compétitrices mais bien de l’ensemble des skieurs et skieuses. De plus, il sera générateur d’emplois additionnels et assurera une saison de ski prolongée et plus durable.

Le « Centre d’entraînement Dustin Cook » est une initiative du Club Mont Ste Marie qui va démontrer ce qui est possible à travers un unique partenariat privé, corporatif et public.  Il stimulera de façon considérable l’industrie du tourisme de la région et sera bénéfique pour l’ensemble des skieurs et skieuses de tous les niveaux.  On estime que la Phase 2 coûtera environ 859,000$ mais cette somme sera répartie.

La phase 3 du projet consiste à établir au sommet de la piste Dustin Cook un «pavillon de départ». Il servirait de pavillon d'échauffement non seulement pour les athlètes, mais pour tous les skieurs. Avec une vue panoramique sur les montagnes de la Gatineau, ce serait un endroit accueillant pour se réchauffer pendant ces froides journées d'hiver. Au bas de la course, un centre de compétition est nécessaire pour les bureaux de course, le chronométrage, l'entreposage de l'équipement, les bénévoles et les athlètes. Il remplacerait les cabanes d'argent et de chronométrage existantes.

La phase 3 du projet consiste à établir au sommet de la piste Dustin Cook un «Chalet de départ». Il servirait de chalet d'échauffement non seulement pour les athlètes, mais pour tous les skieurs. Avec une vue panoramique sur les montagnes de la Gatineau, ce serait un endroit accueillant pour se réchauffer pendant ces froides journées d'hiver. Au bas de la course, un centre de compétition est nécessaire pour les bureaux de course, le chronométrage, l'entreposage de l'équipement, les bénévoles et les athlètes. Il remplacerait le "silver bullet" et la cabine de chronométrage.

« La piste est phénoménale et nous avons dorénavant dans l’Est une piste de GS de classe mondiale!  Mais il ne s’agit là que de la première étape!  Afin d’avoir une piste et un centre d’entraînement de renommée mondiale, il est nécessaire d’avoir de la neige de classe mondiale, et pour y arriver, il faut des canons à neige de première classe.  En agrandissant le terrain, vous devez aussi accroître votre capacité de production de neige, ce qui devrait être la deuxième étape du projet.  Avoir un enneigement de qualité supérieure offre l’avantage de pouvoir s’entraîner sur la pente plus tôt (et plus tard), au profit de tous. Pensez à l’entraînement pré-saison à Vail, mais dans la région de l’Est!  Cela permet aussi d’avoir une meilleure surface plus uniforme, qui est nécessaire pour la course au plus haut niveau, et pour développer des athlètes de niveau supérieur.  Pouvoir accueillir les finales Nor-Am est tout un accomplissement (et atteste de la qualité de la piste!).  Je suis super emballé par le Centre d’entraînement et je me réjouis à la perspective de grandes choses à venir! » 

Dustin Cook
Équipe de ski Canada Alpin


« L’agrandissement significatif de la piste Dustin Cook a réellement permis d’offrir une expérience de ski exceptionnelle à tous.  Cependant, comme nous l’avons tous vécu au cours des nombreuses dernières saisons, il devient difficile de fabriquer de la neige en décembre.  Le climat, combiné à l’expansion de la piste de ski, font en sorte que l’on doive augmenter la production de la neige.  Il faut donc accroître le volume, et pour ce faire, il faut nécessairement augmenter la capacité des pompes à eau et avoir recours à une technologie de fabrication de neige à rendement plus élevé.  En travaillant avec la communauté de ski et les clubs compétitifs, le Mont Ste Marie peut mener ce projet à terme.  Allons-y! »

Bob Sudermann
Propriétaire du Ski Mont Ste Marie


« Avec le Centre d’entraînement Dustin Cook, nous sommes à l’aube d’une nouvelle ère au Mont Ste Marie.  Il augmentera de façon considérable l’attrait de la montagne et de la région et attirera plusieurs nouveaux touristes dans la région. »

Marc Foucault
Propriétaire du Club de golf Mont Ste Marie
Entraîneur U12 Club MSM

 
Pour effectuer un don important, vous pouvez faire parvenir un chèque au Club Mont Ste Marie à l’adresse suivante : 108 Avenue Stanley, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M1N9 et veuillez aussi envoyer un courriel à Chris Klotz (organisateur de la levée de fonds) en appuyant sur le bouton « Contact » ci-bas pour que votre montant puisse être ajouté à cette page (ceci permet d’épargner des frais).

Grâce à la source d’inspiration de Dustin Cook et de ses succès au Championnat du Monde et à la Coupe du Monde, le Fonds olympique de Mont Ste Marie a été fondé comme moyen de permettre à la communauté d’épauler la prochaine génération d’étoiles.  

Merci.


Phase 1 - Completed - Original info below.

Below please find the original outline for Phase 1. For futher details on this please review the first 37 updates.

In the past, Mont Ste. Marie hosted many provincial, FIS and North American Championship (Nor-Am) races on the Outaouais ski hill, long considered one of the best GS runs in Canada. Many great Canadian skiers such as Todd Brooker, Ken Read, Brian Stemmle, Mike Tommy, Patrick Biggs, Eric Guay and of course our own Betsy Clifford (1970 World Champion) and current local stars Mikaela Tommy and our own Dustin Cook (2015 World Championship Silver medalist and World Cup SG Gold medalist) raced and trained on the mountain.

When the "parabolic ski" came along in the mid 90's racers began to carve much further across the hill at greater speed and the Outaouais run was deemend to be too narrow and no longer compliant with FIS safety standards. There are now no homologated (approved) FIS GS runs in the region. Future provincial championships, regardless of age category, will require FIS homologation, which will force all regional athletes to travel long distances at great cost.

We would like to change this and hope for your support in re-establishing a world class regional FIS approved (homologated) GS, SL & U16 Super G race and training hill. This enhancement will also be a huge benefit to all skiers (not just racers) for it will widen the top half of Outaouais (from waterfall up) and make for a substantially better run to ski. We need to  provide funding for the lengthening, widening and race preparation of “Outaouais” on Cheval Blanc at Mont Ste Marie. FIS requires the run to be a minimum of 40 meters wide with a vertical drop of 250 meters.




Dustin Cook Honorary Chair of the Outaouais Homologation Fundraising Project discusses the run from the top of the future World Cup GS start. To quote Dustin “This has to happen”.

The remarkable results achieved by Dustin Cook at the World Championships and on the World Cup this season, as well as the improved skiing and race results of our current group of local skiers is providing the catalyst to restore Outaouais to today’s FIS safety standards, which will benefit all racers in the region.
 
In receiving FIS homologation, the region will be able to once again attract provincial level races, apply for FIS level races and even qualify the hill for Canadian and Nor-Am championships in both SL and GS. The hill would even qualify for U16 Super G. It will also serve as a world-class training run for local teams to hone their skills. 

It is estimated that the costs to complete the project will be in the $190,000 range, with substantial blasting, cutting, and soil movement required. We would like to start this summer and have the hill ready for the 2015-2016 season.

Dustin Cook "One mighty large rock to blast!"

There are six levels of support offered to both corporations and individuals / families to choose from:  

Platinum: $10,000+

Crystal Globe $5,000+

Gold Medal $2,500+

Silver Medal $1,000+

Bronze Medal $500+

Enthusiasts up to $400  

All donors will be recognized on a permanently displayed plaque / sign mounted in a yet to be determined location - maybe at the top of the run!

All funding will be held in trust by Club Mont Ste. Marie and held separate from Alpine and Velo activities of the Club and can only be used for the Homologation project.

For large donations you can send a cheque to Club Mont Ste. Marie in Trust to this address: 108 Stanley Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario, K1M 1N9 and also please email Chris Klotz (Campaign organizer) by selecting the Contact button below  so that your donation amount can be added to this page (This will save fees).

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Dustin Cook winning his silver medal at the World Alpine Championships; skiing like he used to on the new Dustin Cook run (Old Outouais run).
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Press Release

Club Mont Ste Marie Announces $747,000 Investment for Increased Snowmaking Capacity and Technology at Mont Ste-Marie Ski Resort including on the new Dustin Cook Run

Major investment will lengthen the ski season for all alpine enthusiasts and enable aspiring athletes to train sooner and longer on the region’s only FIS homologated Giant Slalom run.

Saturday February 24th 2018 - Mont Ste Marie (Quebec): Club Mont Ste Marie was pleased to announce today $747,000 in funding for snowmaking at the Mont Ste-Marie Ski Resort, including on the Dustin Cook run, in partnership with the Resort, Tourism Quebec and Tourism Outaouais.

This represents the second Phase of a multi-phase project to enhance the snowmaking capacity for the entire ski area and create a world-class racing and training facility at Mont Ste-Marie called the ‘Dustin Cook Training Centre.’ This is great news for all skiers and the ski racing community.

Funding for this unique private / public / non-profit partnership with Club Mont Ste Marie is comprised of: funding grants of $249,000 from Tourism Quebec – PSSDT program; $75,000 from Tourism Outaouais through the PDTO program and one additional anticipated grant of $100,000. The Resort will provide the balance of the required funding, to bring the total project value to $747,000.

The announcement of the significant Quebec Government grant was made by Ms. Stéphanie Vallée, Member for Gatineau, Minister of Justice and Minister Responsible for the Outaouais region, on behalf Ms. Julie Boulet, Minister of Tourism Quebec, during a press conference held this afternoon at the MSM Ski Resort.

Also in attendance were Mr. André Groulx, Director of Business Development at Outaouais Tourism, Mr. Yves Juneau, CEO of the Quebec Ski Areas Association, Mr. Gary Lachapelle, Mayor of the Municipalité de Lac Sainte-Marie and Mr. Robert Sudermann, MSM Ski Resort Owner. Daniel Boivin, Outaouais Ski Zone President and Club MSM member hosted the event, along with Paul Turner, President of Club MSM, Chris Klotz and Patrick Murray, Club MSM Directors of Funding and Sponsorship respectively, and other Club MSM members.

Work is expected to commence in the summer of 2018 and be fully completed by the fall of 2019. The snowmaking enhancements will allow for early, mid and late season racing, training and skiing across the resort that will benefit all skiers.

The earlier Phase 1 of the project raised $190,000 from 160 families across the Outaouais skiing community as well as from local businesses, the Municipality of Lac Ste. Marie, regional ski clubs, the Outaouais Ski Zone and large donations from Club Mont Ste Marie and Mont Ste-Marie Ski Resort. The funds were used to build and homologate the new FIS approved Slalom and Giant Slalom run, which was named after Dustin Cook, member of the Canadian Alpine Ski Team, current World Cup skier and recent PyeongChang Olympian. Dustin is also a Club MSM member.

For further information on the Dustin Cook Training Centre project please visit: https://www.gofundme.com/MontSteMarie

Press contact: Chris Klotz 613-791-2676
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Phase 3 of the DCTC project is to build a panoramic start lodge at the top of DC for athletes and the public to warm up in. Special thanks to Pierre Hurteau who kindly donated to Club MSM this awesome wood from the third floor of the Trailhead building. Paul Cook and I had fun flagging the wood this week just before the building came down!
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Green light for the Nor-AM Championship Finals at Mont Ste Marie March 17-20th. The field of 140 competitors will consist of the top ranked skiers in the world. They will consist of 12 members of the Canadian Ski Team, 19 members of the US Ski Team, world cup athletes from 9 other countries in addition to top ranked racers form provincial teams.



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Sorry I gave you the wrong link for the MSM World Cup Athlete Fund, here is the correct one: http://www.gofundme.com/msmWorldCupfund
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Gabriel Bouffard
40 months ago
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I can't express how good that would be for our region, our ski racers and the MSM community. By helping out, we are not just going to get an incredible run, but we will also get the opportunity to benefit from the awesome volunteers and race organizers at MSM. They have always done great work in hosting "world cup" events ;) GO MSM GO

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Raymond Moffatt
40 months ago
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I just wanted to take a moment to say how fantastic the support for our project has been!!! The members of the homologation sub-committee as well as others from the club have put significant work into this, but the contributions and comments we receive has really keeps everybody motivated! It has come from every direction be it from our club, the Hill, athletes, alumni, other clubs, the local Lac Ste Marie community, and even from representation of our national alpine skiing community! This support and velocity to date will allow us to our Board with a recommendation on project scope and a timeline that would have the run ready for this coming season. KEEP IT UP, STAY TUNED, and THANKS TO ALL!

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Todd Brooker
41 months ago
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There are multiple benefits to building a FIS sanctioned race hill in the Outaouais which include keeping our athletes closer to home for both training and racing. Plus the economic benefit of attracting training and event competitions on a larger scale. This will be a giant step towards building on our success at the club level and upward in the same way Dustin has on the World Cup. Congratulations for moving this project forward!!

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Patrick Biggs
41 months ago
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Dustin has forged a new chapter in great racers coming from this region. Our passion for ski racing here in the Outaouais is as strong as ever. With safety as our first priority, we need to bring our ski hills into the new century to give our young racers the opportunities to have safe and effective training and racing environments. This will also allow us to attract larger competitions such as Nor-Am Cups for SL and GS!! Let's change the face of skiing in Ottawa/Gatineau

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Ken Read
41 months ago
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Dustin has shown you can be a World Cup winner - let's build on his success to inspire our future champions. Great training and race hills = #nextgeneration #CrazyCanucks

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Chris Klotz
41 months ago
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Great to see such interest. Please comment here and let us know what you think.

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Dustin Cook
19 months ago

The run is phenomenal and we now have a world class GS run in the East! But that's only step one! In order to have a world class run and training centre, you need world class snow, and for that to happen you need world class snowmaking. As you expand terrain you also need to expand your snowmaking capacity and this should be step 2 of the project. Top quality snowmaking allows earlier (and later) access to training on the hill which benefits everyone. Think Vail pre-season training but in the East! It also allows for a better and more consistent surface which is essential for top level racing, and developing top level racers. Hosting the NorAm finals is a huge accomplishment (and a testament to the quality of the run!). I'm super excited about the Training Centre and looking forward to big things coming up!

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Ty Lockton
33 months ago

This is great news. Now let's get more north american events on the schedule and more coverage on TV please. Watching Canuckleheads go fast is my favourite thing, but it's a long night or early morning if the only way you can watch is live online. That usually means between 3am and 5am my time.

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Liz Davie
40 months ago

Growing up at MSM, Outaouais has been a very big part of my life. The thought of making Outaouais wider and being able to set something top to bottom safely is absolutely spectacular. The opportunity it presents to up and coming athletes in this region is simply undeniable. Dustin Cook (amongst others from this region) have proven we can create World Class ski racers. Lets give up and coming racers the best environment to train and race in possible! Can't wait to shred the new run!! :)

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Bob Donnelly
41 months ago

Mont Ste. Marie and the Outaouais GS run have a long history of hosting great competitions up until the new ski designs helped increase GS speeds over 50 km/hour and the upper half of the trail was too narrow to be safe. It also amazed me as a coach on the Quebec circuit over the last 15 years how many coaches and parents were ex-racers and held strong memories racing the rolling, steep and challenging terrain on our beloved Outaouais. This is world-class terrain and as Dustin says, has to be developed so that we can raise the bar and develop better skiers!!!

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Gord Pranschke
41 months ago

That's fantastic Chris, Outaouais has always been a hidden gem - I wish I had the opportunity to race on it back in our race days like the young guns do, in part, today. It is important for the region and ski racing in West Qc to get this run to its full potential. Great movement, I look forward to hearing more about it at Dustin's homecoming on Sat night!

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Claude Bouffard
41 months ago

Wow ! This is such a great news. Would be great to have it for next winter than we can have some cool races in the Outaouais.

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MG
$100,000
MRC Valley de la Gatineau
4 months ago (Offline Donation)
MS
$314,000
Mont Ste Marie Robert Suderman
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
TO
$75,000
Tourism Outaouais
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
TQ
$249,000
Tourism Quebec
5 months ago (Offline Donation)
MN
$200
Margaret Nicholds
19 months ago (Offline Donation)

For DCTC only!

DL
$500
David Lang
29 months ago

Amazing Job Chris........

Gabriel Bouffard
40 months ago
1
1

I can't express how good that would be for our region, our ski racers and the MSM community. By helping out, we are not just going to get an incredible run, but we will also get the opportunity to benefit from the awesome volunteers and race organizers at MSM. They have always done great work in hosting "world cup" events ;) GO MSM GO

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Raymond Moffatt
40 months ago
1
1

I just wanted to take a moment to say how fantastic the support for our project has been!!! The members of the homologation sub-committee as well as others from the club have put significant work into this, but the contributions and comments we receive has really keeps everybody motivated! It has come from every direction be it from our club, the Hill, athletes, alumni, other clubs, the local Lac Ste Marie community, and even from representation of our national alpine skiing community! This support and velocity to date will allow us to our Board with a recommendation on project scope and a timeline that would have the run ready for this coming season. KEEP IT UP, STAY TUNED, and THANKS TO ALL!

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Todd Brooker
41 months ago
1
1

There are multiple benefits to building a FIS sanctioned race hill in the Outaouais which include keeping our athletes closer to home for both training and racing. Plus the economic benefit of attracting training and event competitions on a larger scale. This will be a giant step towards building on our success at the club level and upward in the same way Dustin has on the World Cup. Congratulations for moving this project forward!!

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Patrick Biggs
41 months ago
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Dustin has forged a new chapter in great racers coming from this region. Our passion for ski racing here in the Outaouais is as strong as ever. With safety as our first priority, we need to bring our ski hills into the new century to give our young racers the opportunities to have safe and effective training and racing environments. This will also allow us to attract larger competitions such as Nor-Am Cups for SL and GS!! Let's change the face of skiing in Ottawa/Gatineau

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Ken Read
41 months ago
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Dustin has shown you can be a World Cup winner - let's build on his success to inspire our future champions. Great training and race hills = #nextgeneration #CrazyCanucks

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Chris Klotz
41 months ago
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Great to see such interest. Please comment here and let us know what you think.

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Dustin Cook
19 months ago

The run is phenomenal and we now have a world class GS run in the East! But that's only step one! In order to have a world class run and training centre, you need world class snow, and for that to happen you need world class snowmaking. As you expand terrain you also need to expand your snowmaking capacity and this should be step 2 of the project. Top quality snowmaking allows earlier (and later) access to training on the hill which benefits everyone. Think Vail pre-season training but in the East! It also allows for a better and more consistent surface which is essential for top level racing, and developing top level racers. Hosting the NorAm finals is a huge accomplishment (and a testament to the quality of the run!). I'm super excited about the Training Centre and looking forward to big things coming up!

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Ty Lockton
33 months ago

This is great news. Now let's get more north american events on the schedule and more coverage on TV please. Watching Canuckleheads go fast is my favourite thing, but it's a long night or early morning if the only way you can watch is live online. That usually means between 3am and 5am my time.

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Liz Davie
40 months ago

Growing up at MSM, Outaouais has been a very big part of my life. The thought of making Outaouais wider and being able to set something top to bottom safely is absolutely spectacular. The opportunity it presents to up and coming athletes in this region is simply undeniable. Dustin Cook (amongst others from this region) have proven we can create World Class ski racers. Lets give up and coming racers the best environment to train and race in possible! Can't wait to shred the new run!! :)

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Bob Donnelly
41 months ago

Mont Ste. Marie and the Outaouais GS run have a long history of hosting great competitions up until the new ski designs helped increase GS speeds over 50 km/hour and the upper half of the trail was too narrow to be safe. It also amazed me as a coach on the Quebec circuit over the last 15 years how many coaches and parents were ex-racers and held strong memories racing the rolling, steep and challenging terrain on our beloved Outaouais. This is world-class terrain and as Dustin says, has to be developed so that we can raise the bar and develop better skiers!!!

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Gord Pranschke
41 months ago

That's fantastic Chris, Outaouais has always been a hidden gem - I wish I had the opportunity to race on it back in our race days like the young guns do, in part, today. It is important for the region and ski racing in West Qc to get this run to its full potential. Great movement, I look forward to hearing more about it at Dustin's homecoming on Sat night!

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Claude Bouffard
41 months ago

Wow ! This is such a great news. Would be great to have it for next winter than we can have some cool races in the Outaouais.

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