Celebrating 10 years of Get Off Your Butt & Ski participation: a piece of cake

HTFC Planning & Design’s newly drafted ski team, the Sesquicentennial Slumber Party, found themselves on the podium with bronze medals at the annual Get Off Your Butt & Ski Corporate Challenge – tallying 31 laps of race route tracked in an hour. Full disclosure: we actually tied with 3 other teams for third place.

2017 Get Off Your Butt and Ski Corporate Challenge

Elly Bonny, Principal, HTFC Planning & Design

Elly Bonny, one of five principals at HTFC, noted perseverance and dogged-determination as key to the team’s success: “Even as novice adult skiers, we poured our hearts out and finished flushed and out of breath because we couldn’t help but get caught up in the ‘race’! The costumes, charity, music, and home-made trophy never fails to awaken our competitive spirits – we’re eager to defend our place at the podium next year!”

Celebrating Canada’s 150th birthday, the Sesquicentennial Slumber Party, offered competitors a giant (though artificial) cake for their A+ effort, goodie bags filled with local charms and treats, and party hats.


Held every year at the Windsor Park Nordic Centre, the Get Off Your Butt & Ski corporate challenge is an initiative of the Cross Country Ski Association of Manitoba, organized to raise the profile of cross-country skiing in Manitoba and encourage participation in a healthy, fun winter activity; raise funds for the Chris McCubbins Inner City School Ski Program; and to remind people of the fun of cross-country skiing.

2017 Get Off Your Butt and Ski Corporate Challenge

Maureen Krauss, Principal, HTFC Planning & Design, looking cozy in her pink pyjamas. (Supplied Image: Brian Hydesmith)

Evan whizzes by the competition. (Supplied Image: Brian Hydesmith)












Promoting winter programming opportunities for tourism and design has been a top priority of HTFC Planning & Design. As such, HTFC has remained an annual participant and supporter of this annual ski competition for 10 years. To get into the winter spirit, HTFC’s teams dress up in a variety of themes – often to rattle the competition. Past themes have included: a rock solid team representing the McCubbins Curling Association, a speedy group of roller derby players called The Scarifiers, and an infamous rock band, Tundra Struck, visiting Winnipeg from a 23-city Nordic Tour.

McCubbins Curling Association

“I loved that the snow gods were with us and sent down fresh snow. And where else do you get a chance to wear your pyjamas with your workmates?” said Maureen Krauss, Principal of HTFC. “I also have to give a shout out to Steve Scoles’ admirable job as master of ceremonies – he really made us feel like we were elite athletes at a Nordic international race!”

Have ideas for our next year’s costume? Send us an email with your suggestion: info@htfc.mb.ca.