As a not-for-profit organization, the Society runs the event on a break-even basis. Any surpluses that the Society generates are used to improve facilities at Cooking Lake-Blackfoot, unexpected expenses, and to improve the ski festival in subsequent years. Casino funds help to offset the operating expenses to run the loppet, and help to keep entry fees affordable.
Funds raised from casinos and grant applications have been used to purchase the BR180 grooming machine, snowmobiles, emergency snow toboggans, medical equipment bags, timing systems, communication radios, computer equipment, water tanks and signs. Funds have also been used for repair of equipment, trail improvements, and construction of Meadow shelter, Elk Push trail shelters, and Birkie storage facilities.
The society holds a casino every two years. We require many volunteers to staff the various positions, most of which require no prior casino experience. Feel free to contact our office for more information.
Our most recent casino was held on June 3 and 4, 2016, at the Palace Casino, West Edmonton Mall, the next one will be in 2018.