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‘Skiing for Schools’ supporting Tahoe-Truckee youth for 25 years

Jessica Weaver
Special to the Sun

Northstar has been a longtime supporter of the Excellence in Education Foundation and Skiing for Schools partner.

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — For over 25 years, students within the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District have benefitted from the fundraising efforts of the Excellence in Education Foundation's Skiing for Schools program. Skiing for Schools offers skiers and snowboarders the ability to pre-purchase reduced rate lift tickets and trail passes valid at most North Lake Tahoe alpine and nordic resorts.

This season, thanks to resort and retail partnerships, and the return of significant snowfall, the Skiing for Schools program has already achieved nearly 70% of its annual fundraising goal, which positively impacts the Foundation's grant giving.

Unlike previous seasons, Skiing for Schools ticket purchasers are not limited to one day or a specific week of skiing and snowboarding at participating resorts, and most tickets can be used any day of the season, non-holiday.

This program change has provided supporters much more flexibility and a season full of opportunities to get on the slopes, save money and contribute to the success of local students. It has also proven to be a valuable fundraising method for Excellence in Education.

"Skiing for Schools is one of our biggest fundraising programs each year. It has a tremendous impact on local students by generating the funds for our board to provide grants within TTUSD," Laura Brown, executive director of the Excellence in Education Foundation.

The Skiing for Schools fundraising program was launched in partnership with Squaw Valley in 1990 in conjunction with the opening of The Resort at Squaw Creek. Other resorts, including Sugar Bowl, Northstar, and Alpine Meadows joined soon after.

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The program has evolved over the years and the Foundation is grateful to the resorts for their longtime support. Since its inception, Skiing for Schools program has raised over $1.3 million in support of local education.

"At Sugar Bowl, we support many non-profit and philanthropic endeavors across the community, but few as fun and rewarding as Excellence in Education. It's the perfect combination of giving local skiers easy access to discounted lift tickets, with the satisfaction of knowing that all profits are allocated toward such an important cause," said John Monson, director of marketing at Sugar Bowl Resort. "We've been partners for many years, and have all intentions to keep this contribution alive for many years to come."

Proceeds from the Skiing for Schools program benefit quality public education, with money raised going directly into the school district through Excellence in Education Foundation's grant programs.

"The ongoing, annual support we receive from the ski areas we've partnered with, along with retail partners like Tahoe Dave's, Paco's, Alpenglow, and formerly Porter's Sports, has been tremendous," continued Brown. "Their contributions and support demonstrate their long-standing commitment to our community, and specifically to educational programs that benefit our youth."

Participating resorts in North Lake Tahoe include Homewood, Northstar California Resort, Royal Gorge Cross Country, Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, Sugar Bowl, Tahoe XC, Tahoe Donner Cross Country, and Tahoe Donner Downhill.

"The Excellence in Education Foundation has made tremendous contributions to our local schools in support of enhanced educational opportunities for our students. Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows is pleased to be able to assist in these efforts as an active member of our community through both cash and lift ticket donations," said Mike Livak, executive vice president of Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows. "We are long-time supporters of all that Excellence in Education does and are pleased that the Skiing for Schools fundraising initiative continues to be so successful."

This season, lift tickets are still available for Tahoe Donner Downhill, Homewood and Tahoe XC. Tickets will also be available for purchase March 1 for Squaw Valley | Alpine Meadows, and will be valid April 1 through the end of the season.

For more information and for the details for specific resort offers call 530-550-7984 or visit http://www.exined.org.

Jessica Weaver is an Excellence in Education Board Member. Visit http://www.exined.org to learn more.