When it comes to the season of giving, Vermont ski resorts reach the top of the podium

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 25, 2009 1:33 pm

The word ‘giving’ means a lot in Vermont; it’s a way of life. Individual citizens, communities, businesses and families work to help one another in creative, often inspiring ways. At Vermont ski resorts, we give ourselves to our passions; be they the pursuit of a sport or prosperity for others – and often, there’s a beautiful combination of the two via on-mountain fundraising or donation of events’ proceeds.

Vermont resorts reported giving nearly 10,800 complimentary tickets/passes and another 3,700 deeply discounted tickets to school children annually. These numbers do not account for all the state’s honor-roll eligible kids, to whom many resorts offer season passes.Resorts also recognize and appreciate Vermont’s volunteers and local rescue organizations with complimentary lift tickets and passes; Vermont resorts reported donating 9,000 lift tickets/passes cumulatively. Military and their families are also eligible for special programs, some complimentary and others discounted at many Vermont resorts.
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Ascutney Mountain Resort
Elbow deep in food while catering a large function in our Base Lodge, Ascutney Mountain Resort family members, Susan Plausteiner, Trisha Kurtzhalz, Tom Mansfield, Lucille Plausteiner and Amanda Plausteiner Smith, pledged to join together to walk/ride in the 28th Prouty to benefit the Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center.
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Bolton Valley
Bolton Valley is not only the “locals” ski area but also a resort that serves the local community. Working with various local, statewide and national organizations, Bolton Valley seeks to better the community it is a part of.
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Bromley Mountain
This past summer, some 950 visitors to Bromley’s Sun Mountain Adventure Park arrived bearing money-saving admission coupons picked up at McDonald’s restaurants. In addition to the visitors’ discounts, Bromley pledged to donate 50¢ for each coupon redeemed, $475 in total – a 36% increase over last year – to the Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC).
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Burke Mountain
The Burke Mountain Sled Dog Dash, now in its fourth year, has raised over $40,000 for local children’s charities in the Northeast Kingdom. Burke is also the host of many other fundraising events throughout the year.  
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Killington & Pico Mountain
Over the past five years, Killington Resort and Pico Mountain have donated more than $35,000 to the United Way of Rutland County through both winter and summer United Way Days.
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Mad River Glen
One of the most important annual events at Mad River Glen is known as Greenwood Week.  In honor of ski patrolman, Lee Greenwood, who was killed in a tragic car accident in 1974.  
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Mount Snow
With eager crowds of early skiers, Mount Snow utilized Opening Weekend on October 17-18 to raise awareness and funds for its local food shelf.
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Smugglers’ Notch Resort
For twenty years Smugglers’ Notch Resort has hosted families sponsored by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
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Stowe Mountain Resort
A very special annual event will take place January 7 through 9, 2010 at Stowe Mountain Resort. Members of the business and media communities will come together to ski-race and raise money for three charities that offer hope and comfort to children in desperate need.
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Stratton Mountain
What started in the backyard of Dr. Carlos Otis’ house in 1964 has grown into a program that last year alone brought 800 local schoolchildren to Stratton Mountain weekly for skiing and riding.
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For local schools, Sugarbush hosts the Valley School Days. The Waitsfield, Warren and Fayston schools each visit the mountain one day a week during the season so the whole school can ski together. Sugarbush comps nearly 2000 tickets a season to allow that program to happen.
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Trapp Family Lodge
The Trapp Family Lodge hosts the only Nordic Relay for Life annually, with hundreds of cross-country skiers and snowshoes honoring loved ones, raising funds and supporting the American Cancer Society from dusk to dawn, March 6-7, 2010.
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Okemo Mountain Resort
When it comes to the local community and charitable giving, Okemo operators Tim and Diane Mueller set a tone that filters throughout resort staff and guests alike. Education is a recurring theme in the Muellers’ philanthropic efforts.
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