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February 6, 2014 | 7:39 AM

Well, this looks like a fun industry event!

The seventh annual Cellar-Tek Winemakers Cup Ski Race is the World’s only annual ski challenge weekend for the wine industry and it takes place for the benefit of industry networking, peer camaraderie and palate appreciation.

The seventh annual weekend of festivities takes place on Saturday March 15, 2014 at Big White Ski Resort in the Okanagan Valley of B.C. Big White has put together deep discounts on lift tickets, hotels and events to make this a cost-effective experience for everyone in the Wine Industry.

Close to one hundred wine lovers, including winemakers, cellar hands and vineyard managers, tasting room staff, restaurateurs, sommeliers, hoteliers and many other industry people will race head-to-head on the ski slopes and then drink wine, après-ski style while reliving the hilarious antics of the day. They will be participating in several events as part of the weekend in the heart of the Okanagan, one of the world’s most scenic and beautiful wine regions.

Previous winners of the Winemakers Cup include:
2008 Bill Eggert, Winemaker, Fairview Cellars
2009 Stephen Wyse, Winemaker, Burrowing Owl
2010 Herb Alex, Cellarhand, Jackson-Triggs
2011 Bill Eggert, Winemaker, Fairview Cellars
2012 Stephen Wyse, Winemaker, Young & Wyse
2013 Charlie Baessler, Winemaker, Corcelettes Winery

Who will win the trophy in 2014?

After a six-year run of the Winemakers Cup being hosted at Mt. Baldy, the fun-loving folks at Big White Ski Resort have opened their arms and agreed to host the event in 2014. “We are thrilled to be hosting the Wine Industry of B.C. at Big White for this great weekend of skiing, après-ski and industry camaraderie. The Wine Industry in B.C. is so important to the mosaic of the provinces ski tourism experience, and it is great to be able to show our thanks by being host for this seminal weekend.Big White has put together deep discounts on lift tickets, hotels and events to make this a cost-effective experience for everyone in the Wine Industry.” said Michael J. Ballingall, Senior VP of Big White Ski Resort.

The Winemakers Cup was created and organized as a partnership between Cellar-Tek, Black Hills Estate Winery, and Big White Ski Resort.

For tickets and information, call Pauline at (250) 498-0666. If you’re interested in the race, spots are available right up to race day. For further information on the Winemakers Cup, go to!/groups/107638049304712/
For information on Big White Ski Resort go to

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