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Ski This Winter While Supporting Charities

Make the most of this snowy season by hitting the slopes. Whether you ski, snowboard, tube or even snowmobile, there’s no better way to enjoy the snow. To top it all off many ski resorts practice philanthropy, making your time on the slopes even more rewarding. Here are three resorts to visit this winter that will combine your love of snow and charity.

Mt. Tremblant, Montreal, Canada

As Montreal’s premiere ski resort, Mt. Tremblant is sure to thrill anyone who visits. With more than 100 trails to choose from, this monumental mountain will keep you busy for days as you will never run out of new terrain to explore. In the evening stroll through the picturesque ski village while eating beaver tails and taking in a bit of French Canadian culture.

To make your trip even more enjoyable, Mt. Tremblant has a charitable side. Every year the resort holds a charity ski-a-thon benefitting the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. Participants in the ski-a-thon raise funds for the Boys and Girls Club’s PAIGE program, which promotes healthy life choices, making your time on the slopes even more rewarding.

Okemo Ski

Photo by Okemo.com

Okemo Mountain Resort, Vermont

Kids' skiing

Photo by Okemo’s Facebook

Spend some time skiing or boarding in the Green Mountain State this winter at Okemo Mountain Resort. Take in stunning views of endless mountains at the summit and choose from more than 120 trails to travel throughout your stay. With slope-side condos, an ice skating rink, fireworks displays and even a waffle house right on the trails there is no doubt this mountain will become one of your favorite ski destinations.

Okemo’s philanthropic efforts make this mountain feel even more like home. The Okemo Community Challenge, founded by the resort’s owners, works to raise funds for local schools to enhance the community and also the future. The mountain also gives local students who make honor roll a free season pass. Okemo’s heart for charity gives you one more reason to ski the east this winter.

Mammoth Ski Resort, California

As one of the west’s premiere ski resorts, Mammoth Ski Resort will be nothing short of an adventure. With impressive terrain parks, cross-country skiing trails, tubing, racing courses and even snowmobiling this resort is perfect for all visitors. At the end of the day choose from one of the many restaurants to relax at and eat with your family or friends.


Photo by Mammoth Facebook

Enjoy your stay even more knowing that Mammoth Mountain supports the community through charitable efforts. The ski resort works closely with the charitable Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation. This non-profit organization donates more than $200,000 annually to local community school districts in efforts to increase opportunities for students to lead a healthy lifestyle. The organization aims to help children enjoy recreation activities including cycling, snowboarding and skiing, make relationships with other students and realize their capabilities and potential.

This winter spend your time vacationing outdoors in the snow at a ski resort. Whether you choose to slalom like you’re competing at the Sochi Olympics or spend time tubing with your family, these resorts will have something fun for everyone to do. Best of all, Mt. Tremblant, Okemo Mountain Resort and Mammoth Mountain all choose philanthropy as one of their top priorities, making your stay even better. Whatever ski resort you choose to travel to this winter, remember to keep safety, fun and charity in mind.

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