Big Viking Ullr thank you

Sending a huge thank you to everyone involved in the Ullr Viking Gala at the Audain Art Museum on Nov. 25.

The event raised around $35,000 for the National Training Centre for freestyle and in particular for purchasing the airbag portion of the project. Thanks to our event sponsors — Maggi Thornhill, Heirloom Restaurants, Lonsdale Rentals, Whistler Brewing, Mike Butterworth and Direct Tap.

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To our Live Auction donors: Jim Demarco and Pelican Reef La Ventana, Ian and Laura MacNeil and Glass Vodka, Stan Kelly and Whistler Blackcomb, Jeff Fairbairn and Steep Shot Photography, Bella Coola Heli Sports, Ross Cottage in Sonoma, Jonathan Martin and Nisade, Nisako Alpine Developments along with Liberty Skis. And to the many other local businesses who donated to the silent auction. Please see our website,, for the full list of generous donors.

Massive thanks to gala chair Jennifer Dunn who worked tirelessly to pull everything together along with her stellar team of volunteers.

Also shout out to DJ Peacefrog (Michel Chartrand) for keeping everyone dancing, to Ian MacNeil and John Smart as our auctioneer and MC, Whistler Cooks for great food and to Anja Rodig from the Audain Museum for her organizational support.

And of course to all the spirited Vikings who dressed up, had fun, gave generously and helped us ensure our snowsports athletes will be able to train much more safely this winter!

It also helps us get closer to our goal of matching the $300,000 donation from the Whistler Blackcomb Foundation, which will enable us to complete the centre.

Julia Smart,
Secretary of the National Training Centre Society

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