Hope on the Slopes - Ski & Ride for a Cure

Hope on the Slopes - Ski & Ride for a Cure

On Friday, March 1st, teams of up to 15 people will ski or snowboard for 24 hours, fueled by the memories of loved ones and cancer survivors, during the Hope on the Slopes vertical challenge held 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, the owner/operator of Mt. Hood Skibowl.  Hanna strongly supports the American Cancer Society, having lost his father to cancer.

Part competition, part party, last year over 200 participants ski or rode over 3 million vertical feet down Skibowl’s slopes and raised nearly $60,000 for the awareness of cancer victims and survivors.  Hope on the Slopes has raised over $3 million since its inception and the funds raised support the mission of the American Cancer Society.

Teams secure pledges and then make sure that at least one member is on the slopes throughout the 24 hour period that begins at 1:00pm on Friday March 1st, and ends at 1:00pm the next day.  Team members take breaks as needed in lodges at Skibowl West or in their own make-shift camps set up at the bottom of the slopes.  Music plays throughout the event, keeping riders energy up and providing a fun atmosphere.  Prizes are awarded to the individuals and teams who raise the most money as well as those who travel the most vertical feet.  A complete run from the top of the Upper Bowl to the bottom is 1,500 vertical feet.

A highlight of the event is the Friday evening Torchlight Parade, where skiers and riders travel in formation down the darkened Lower Bowl run carrying torches that illuminate the night.  At the end of the run the torches are placed around the glowing word “HOPE” that is lit on a mound in the snow and a moment of silence is held in remembrance of cancer victims.

Skibowl will extend the operating hours of the Lower Bowl chair from 11:00pm Friday through 8:00am Saturday for the overnight portion of the event.  Non participants may purchase an “All Night” ticket for $42.00, or upgrade their night ticket for $10.00 and experience the thrill of skiing or riding all night long.  Hanna will donate a portion of the non-participant lift ticket revenue to the American Cancer Society.

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