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March 1-2 (Register Here)
Dozens of teams are expected to ski or snowboard for 24-hours, fueled by the memories of loved ones and cancers survivors, during the Hope on the Slopes vertical challenge set for March 1-2 at Mt. Hood Skibowl. “The spirit of the participants and those who come to support them is overwhelming and we are proud to host this event,” said Kirk Hanna, owner/operator of Mt. Hood Skibowl.
Part competition and part party, last year, over 200 participants traveled more than 3 million vertical feet down the Upper and Lower Bowl in an effort to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society. A total of $59,590 was raised including an $11,000 donation from Hanna, whose father died of cancer. Teams secure pledges and then make sure that at least one member is on the slope throughout the 24 hour period that starts at 1 p.m. Friday, and ends at 1 p.m. Saturday. Top teams raise between $2,000 and $10,000.
A highlight of the event will be the Friday evening Torchlight Parade, where skiers travel information down the darkened Lower Bowl run carrying torches that illuminate the night. At the bottom of the run, the torches are placed around the glowing word “HOPE” that lights up a snow bunker. After a few silent moments of reflection, the vertical challenge is back on.
A complete run from the Upper Bowl to the Lower Bowl is 1,500 vertical feet. Prizes were awarded to the individual and teams that raised the most money as well as those who traveled the most vertical feet. Its an exhilarating event. And, if 24 hours is too much, consider the 18 hour competition, starting at 7pm Friday, or a 6 hour competition, perfect for families, starting Saturday at 7am.