By Breanne Massey

Pioneer Staff

Two unique sports that use the Columbia Valleys winter stage have returned.

The 15th Annual Snow Golf Tournament will start at Kinsmen Beach at noon on Saturday, January 16th.

Its the guaranteed best day of golf of the year, said Steve Kuffler, Kinsmen Club of Windermere Valley spokesperson. I started it 15 years ago and all funds raised go to the communitys greatest needs.

Golfers should bring a set of full clubs for the 18-hole snow course on the frozen Lake Windermere, and expect a shotgun start and a scramble golf format. The tournament will offer prizes and memories for each participant, who must be 19 or older to take part for the cost of $35.

Registration will run between 11 a.m. and noon at The Station Neighbourhood Pub on Saturday, January 16th.

The 16th Annual Ice Fishing Derby will also take place on Lake Windermere on Saturday, January 30th.

Last years event was actually a record for us. We had 115 participants, said Mr. Kuffler. Its a great family event.

There will be a $35 admission to participate and registration will take place at 8 a.m. at The Station Neighbourhood Pub on Saturday, January 30th. It runs between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and cash prizes will be given out to the winner.

The first prize is $500, the second prize is $300 and the third prize is $200.

To book tickets for Snow Golf or the Fishing Derby, call The Station Neighbourhood Pub at 250-342-5557.