Skiing for good causes
KATHLEEN BAGLIO HUMPHREYS | March 20. 2014 11:07PM
Today, starting at 4 p.m., King Pine in East Madison will host a 24-Hour Ski-A-Thon called "Cynthia's Challenge" to help raise $35,000 to buy a service dog for Cynthia Verrill.
Ideal weather on March 10 made it a pleasure for all 38 participants in Wildcat Mountain's 100,000 Vertical Foot Challenge to benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire. Wildcat's 2,100 vertical foot drop and high-speed lift helped participants complete the required 48 runs down Upper Catapult and Middle to Lower Lynx Trails.
For the fifth year in a row, Kevin Elwood of Boxford, Mass., was the top fundraiser; he collected more than $91,000 in donations. William Stewart of Topsfield, Mass., came in second with $25,000-plus. Ryan Hill of Boxford, Mass., rounded out the top three with $10,000.
Pats (Pets) Peak
Over the past 14 years, Pats Peak in Henniker has helped to raise more than $250,000 for the Childhood Cancer Lifeline of New Hampshire. This year the ski area added another $28,000 to help children battle cancer and provide support to families. On Feb. 23-24, Pats Peak held a dinner, auction, entertainment and had on-line ticket specials and donation boxes.
The Mountain Dew Vertical Challenge is a series of fun and free ski or snowboard races for anyone who wants to participate, with age brackets from under 6 to 80-plus. This winter on the East Coast there were 26 races, with nine in New Hampshire. The finals are to be held on March 28 at Okemo Mountain in Ludlow, Vt. The race is a hit, with lots of prizes, give-a-ways and medals for the top four winners and a chance to compete at the finals. These fun races benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation.