It’s a dream that many of us have but never get the chance to do in real life–ski down a mountain with an Olympic champion. Well, for some kids in Saranac Lake, New York, that dream is going to come true tomorrow, as members of the U.S. Alpine Ski Team, including 2006 Olympic gold medalist Ted Ligety and Jimmy Cochran will be on hand to ski with them at Mt. Pisgah. The event is a special Lift Mt. Pisgah fundraiser, and all proceeds will go to the mission of replacing the old T-Bar that currently serves the ski resort. Olympic bronze medalist Andrew Weibrecht, who grew up skiing at nearby Whiteface, will also be there to sign autographs, but cannot ski due to his recent should surgery. Tickets for the fundraiser are only $15! This includes skiing with the Team, a U.S. Ski Team sticker pack, and the opportunity to meet the athletes. Mt. Pisgah is currently open Tuesday through Thursday from 4:30-7:30, and will be open 4 to 6pm this Friday for the event.
“These little hills are really what our sport is all about,” said Cochran, a two-time Olympian whose family runs a similar small ski area outside of Burlington, VT. “There’s nothing like the energy you get of ripping around with your friends after school. I wish more communities had cool places like Mt. Pisgah. They’re such and incredible community resource.”
“Small local areas like Mt. Pisgah play an important role introducing young boys and girls to our sports,” said U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association President and CEO Bill Marolt. “Each of the 17 athletes who won 21 medals in Vancouver had their start at a local area. Their dreams were fulfilled through the ability to participate in sport at areas like Mt. Pisgah, together with U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association clubs like NYSEF and many others!”
“The Village of Saranac Lake and the Friends of Mt Pisgah applaud Bill Marolt and the U.S. Ski Team for their support of such a big project,” said Mt. Pisgah Manager Matt Cook. “Mt Pisgah is a true grassroots ski area with strong ties to several local Olympians. Having our 2010 American Alpine Olympians skiing here at Mt. Pisgah on Friday night will certainly prove to the community at large that anything is possible!”
“Fundraising for a new Dopplemayr-CTEC surface lift is going in the right direction,” added Stacey Cook. “We’re in our second year of fundraising and support from the community has been incredible. Friday should be a great event and we couldn’t be more excited to host the U.S. Ski Team.”
For more information, call 518.891.0970.