Route100, Londonderry, Vermont
WELCOME . . .
Ski for Heat is a cross-country skiing or snowshoeing FUNdraiser to that helps our neighbors in need with heating fuel assistance through Green Mountain Power's Warmth Program at BROC.
January 27, 2013 was a fantastic day of cross-country skiing or snowshoeing at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center in Peru, Vermont, for the purpose of helping local families heat their homes.
Our operating premise is: it’s fun, it’s easy, and it’s for a good cause!
Wild Wings offers trails for all abilities
Participants may start and end their skiing & snowshoeing as their schedules allow and can ski alone, with friends, or start a team. This is not a race.
There are many ways that you can help:
- ski or snowshoe the day of the event
- sponsor someone who will be participating
- donate a prize to give to our hard-working participants in recognition of their efforts
- Please contact me to find out what you can do!
What. A. DAY! All due—and with sincere thanks—to all of YOU!
Because of your efforts, heart, and generosity, many, many in our community will receive heating fuel assistance this winter. Helping someone to stay warm—to meet a basic need—is a huge gesture and could mean the world of difference for some of our neighbors. Through your kindness and dedication, it looks like this year’s event will bring in over $25,000 (a few pledges still need to be collected)!! How amazing is that?! What a wonderful example of how each of us, as one person, can collectively make such a positive impact in our corner of the world.
Not only was the day successful from a funds-raised perspective, but also from a FUNdraising point of view: It was heartwarming to see the smiling faces of so many who have been with us for years, and a pleasure to welcome new friends to the Ski for Heat family! The air that held cold, bitter winds that had been haunting us prior to Sunday was replaced by a warm glow—generated from good will, camaraderie, and the joy of participating in a good cause—that could have rivaled the sun (which, incidentally, popped the expanse of a clear blue winter sky). I don’t think it is hyperbole to say that “a good day was had by all!”
Ski for Heat would not be possible without Chuck and Tracy Black’s incredibly generous donation of their Wild Wings Ski Touring Center. The gracious help and hospitality that they have extended to us through all these years are inspiring, appreciated beyond words, and bring a whole new meaning to the term “good neighbor.”
As always, Chuck and Ian had the trails in great condition, making it delightful to be out on skis or snowshoes and for the comment “what a perfect day,” to be a happily chanted and repeated refrain.
Please be sure to acknowledge their bountiful gift when you see Tracy, Chuck, or Ian or the next time you go for another fantastic day of skiing at Wild Wings! They go the extra mile (or I guess it would be the extra 28 km!) for us.
After everyone has gone home and the banners have been taken down, the last crumb of cake swept away, and the lights shut off in the cozy warming hut, I put on my skis and head to the Snow Goose trail to take what I call my Runs of Gratitude. As I do so, the sky seamlessly shifts from cool shadows to quiet dusk, to soft sunset, to the steely-gray that reveals one surprise planet at a time, to an intense velvety-black that displays an explosion of stars. Throughout this whole transition, I offer up my heart- and soul-felt gratitude that Ski for Heat has been so incredibly blessed to have the support of so many, many caring and thoughtful individuals and businesses. I shake my head in wonderment: this is what we, as a community, can do and have done to help others! Then as the enormous, swollen, tangerine moon creeps up from behind the hillside, I ski up the Lower Bluejay to continue to take the day in. I am so overwhelmed I could burst. Tears of awe and joy and humbleness slip out of my eyes and melt into the snow. I turn quietly into the darkness to finish my last Run of Gratitude, thinking of, and thanking, all of you.
For all that you do for and bring to Ski for Heat, on behalf of all who will benefit from your compassion and many kindnesses, I offer sincere thanks. With wishes for a year filled with peace and yes, warmth, I am
Gratefully and humbly yours,
Martha Robertson, Ski for Heat event founder
Please keep Ski for Heat in mind for next year. Jf you enjoyed the day, please spread the word!! Traditionally it has been the last Sunday in January (between playoffs and the Super Bowl), but I will send out reminder cards
confirming the date.
My goal has always been to have Ski for Heat be available for everyone to have the opportunity to participate in and to have it be easy and fun to do so. If you ever have questions or comments, please be sure to let me know. I will always be happy to hear from Ski for Heat friends!