More businesses are getting onboard and contributing to a co-operative initiative to buy the local ski hill.
Local contracting company Progressive Ventures became the largest single business donation when it contributed $10,600 to My Mountain Co-op April 19.
“We feel that Terrace is really on the verge of a tremendous expansion…and Shames needs to be a part of it,” Progressive Ventures owner Lael McKeown said, adding that the ski hill is an important factor when hiring employees.
“It’s a key selling point,” she said, noting that Shames is a resource for the whole northwest.
Shames has been for sale for the past few years, and a local group of individuals called the Friends of Shames came up with the My Mountain Co-op idea with the aim of buying the area’s ski hill and running it as a non-profit community cooperative.
The Co-op has raised more than $232,000 so far and has a deadline of raising $2 million by the end of April.
A founding director of the co-op initiative, Darryl Tucker, said they’ve been getting calls from people asking how they can support the cause.
“It’s great to have Progressive Ventures step up,” he said.