WinterKids To Bring Night Skiing To Sugarloaf For First Time In History March 11-12
For one night only, skiers will have the opportunity to ski under the lights at Sugarloaf as part of the WinterKids Downhill 24. The 24-hour ski challenge fundraiser is March 11-12, 9 a.m. to 9 a.m. WinterKids will set up lights along the Whiffletree trail, allowing for night skiing for the first time in Sugarloaf’s storied history.
The event was originally hosted at Mt Abram, raising $168,000 in its first three years. This is the first time the event will be held at Sugarloaf, and organizers hope the larger venue will offer the opportunity for more participation.
Teams will compete to see who can clock the most runs in 24 hours.
“Winter is our longest season, and can be the most sedentary,” WinterKids’ Rob Wilber told SnoCountry.com. “All funds raised go to support WinterKids programs that help develop healthy, lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity.” They offer an array of active programs for families, schools, and communities. Through these programs, they hope to reach 23,000 kids this year with the vision that all children are healthy and fit because they are outdoors, active, and having fun in the winter.
The event will also feature live music, prizes, free food, and lots of other entertainment.
“Sugarloaf is excited to host this event and offer night skiing for the first time,” Sugarloaf’s Noelle Tuttle told us.
Teams can be as small as one person or as many as 12. Some teams are competitive, and they keep at least one person on the mountain at all times. Other teams are there for the fun, and skip racing in the middle of the night in favor of the entertainment (or sleeping). Each skier or rider pays $50 when registering, and then has until March 11 to raise another $200 from family, friends, or colleagues using WinterKids’ fundraising pages.
Photo: Each individual will have their own fundraising web page, and there will be prizes awarded for those who raise the most money for WinterKids. (WinterKids/Facebook)