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Rossland plans second Pride celebration

Last year's event targeted by homophobic vandalism

A year after being hit with a homophobic postering campaign, plans for the second Pride celebrations in the Kootenay ski city of Rossland are underway once more.

This year’s events run Mar 6-9 in the alpine community 650 km east of Vancouver.

Last March, event organizers found themselves dealing with police instead of lifties after someone pulled down the Pride banner and homophobic posters appeared on trees and power poles.

The vandalism of the Pride banner also caused damage to the rigging the city uses for special-events banners on its main street.

Police said it appeared whoever was responsible had printed the posters from the Internet.

Last year’s event saw dozens of participants from neighbouring communities, as well as from Alberta, the Okanagan and Washington State. It featured ski events at Red Mountain and several social gatherings.

Organizers say this year’s Pride will offer a “great array of activities designed to provide a small intimate familiarity among the guests.”

Among activities planned are receptions, snowshoeing and après-ski fun.

Rossland is home to Red Mountain, long recognized as one of BC’s best but least-known ski hills.

The resort has been hampered this year by less-than-normal snowfall.

It is where Canadian Olympic gold medalists Sen. Nancy Green-Raine and Kerrin-Lee Gartner learned to ski.