SIA Raises Funds For Youth Snow Program

SIA will hold an online raffle to raise funds for the Winter Feels Good youth education outreach program, with prizes donated by nine resorts, including a five-day trip to Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont. SIA hopes to reach its goal of $50,000, which it will put towards educational materials and programs that encourage youth to get inovlved in snow sports:

“MCLEAN, Va.  (Dec. 23, 2009) – Fifty prizes worth  approximately $20,000 are being raffled off to raise funds for the Winter Feels  Good (WFG) youth education outreach program. The goal is to raise $50,000, to  continue developing educational materials and programs that encourage youth to  get involved in snow sports. The program was founded in 2003 as part of  SnowSports Industries America’s 501C-3 Education Foundation.

The “50 FOR 50 Raffle” is posted on WinterFeelsGood.com. Prizes donated  by 9 resorts and more than 20 suppliers include a five day trip to visit the  2002 Olympic Winter Games venue and interconnect in Utah, a five day trip to  Smuggler’s Notch in Vermont and a two day trip to visit the 1932/1980 Olympic  Winter Games venue in Lake Placid. Alpine skis, cross country skis, snowboards,  snowshoes, boots, helmets, poles, goggles, jackets, gloves, and headsets are also  being offered. Raffle tickets are $10 each. Participants can purchase more than  one ticket and win more than one time.

The Winter Feels Good initiative is targeted toward “adult  influencers of children” or those who can play a role in getting youth involved  in snow sports. The award-winning Winter Feels Good Website is used by activity  and recreation professionals as well as parents and scout leaders.  More than 5,000 WFG Learning Module CDs have  been distributed to schools and community groups throughout the U.S. reaching  approximately 2.5 million youths.

“It’s so important for kids, and also adults, to learn the  basics of snow sports”, said Glen Plake, noted snow sports industry icon who  serves as spokesperson for the industry’s Learn a Snow Sport Month program.  “Having a little training even before you get to the snow really lays the  groundwork for a good experience.”

Plake is known for his Mohawk and “dare-devil” ski antics on  snow but he and wife Kimberly spend time in the winter visiting smaller areas  talking to children and adults about the fun and health benefits of snow  sports.

A complete list of sponsors for the 50 For 50 Raffle can be  found at WinterFeelsGood.com.”