Hi AZ, please see below for the full press release.

Our new Mountain Manager and the 2 for 1 gift challenge are both huge for our community supported non-profit mountain. If you have ever had the pleasure of stopping by or just enjoy seeing smaller feeder mountains survive, please consider making a tax-deductible donation however small you can manage. Our new Mountain Manager has already hit the ground running as we already have two weeks of volunteer days under our belt. Work on base facility and trail cleanup is ongoing while lighting and trail improvements will follow. We have had an independent analysis of the snowmaking infrastructure by a respected engineering company to help us take better advantage of the current system, make modifications, and help plan for future upgrades as capital becomes available.

We know it is easy to truck by us on 89 but we would love to see you all this coming winter. Stop by for some affordable skiing and grab a beer in our lounge and see why Whaleback is a second home to so many. Also, below is the link to our sign up sheet for Volunteer days should you be in the area this summer/fall and want to help out. We should be picking it back up shortly: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a...eback/27917684

I will continue to stop by and post mountain news and answer any questions as I have time.

Thanks,


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WHALEBACK HIRES NEW MOUNTAIN MANAGER and $100,000 CHALLENGE ANNOUNCED

Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation is proud to announce that Gerd Riess will be the new Mountain Manager at Whaleback Mountain this coming season. "UVSSF would like to thank Dick Harris for his service in helping this non-profit ski area get up and running", said John Schiffman, chair of the UVSSF board. Dick Harris, a long time veteran of the ski industry and who came most recently from the Balsams Resort, stepped down after this season due to health issues. Gerd Riess has been involved with Whaleback for the past 4 decades, working in many roles with various previous owners. Moreover, he has run his own nursery business and has been coaching the past 25 years and is the head coach for the U14 Ford Sayre Alpine Racing Program. "I see the potential of this mountain to get back to the basics providing healthy recreation opportunities for our local youth", stated Gerd. I think we can make Whaleback a great place to learn and train to ski".

An anonymous couple is challenging the community to raise a minimum of $50,000 by June 30, 2015. When that minimum is met they will donate an additional $100,000. The couple have grandchildren in the area who have been learning to ski and ride at Whaleback. "This community values a local ski area that allows for all, especially children, to remain active, even with such cold winters and we are proud to be part of what has been accomplished in preserving Whaleback", they stated. This generous challenge will give a great boost to the foundation's efforts and will help with the working capital needs of the mountain. Many groups are already actively fundraising to meet this challenge by the June 30 deadline.

Whaleback Mountain, located in Enfield NH is owned for the community and is stewarded by the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation. It is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, created in 2013 to make sure that Whaleback remains a community asset. The mountain relies on numerous volunteers to do trail maintenance, fund raising, administrative services and general upkeep. In the past year there were over 300 children taking lessons in the after-school programs from 11 different towns in the region. It is the home for the Whaleback Mountain Club, the Ford Sayre Alpine Racing Program, Kimball Union Academy and Cardigan Mountain School. Adult ski groups include a USSA Masters Alpine race group and the Thursday Night Race League. The mission of UVSSF is to enrich the lives and health of Upper Valley youth and families by providing a sustainable facility that will: deliver affordable skiing, snowboarding and other outdoor recreational activities; offer snow sports lessons and training at all levels - local, regional, national and international; and support those in need by enabling all who wish to participate. A scholarship program is available-no child has been deprived of learning to ski due to affordability. It is the goal of the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation to build community by providing an affordable home for the lifelong enjoyment of all snow sports.
Donations can be made by going online to http://www.whaleback.com/product/donate-uvssf/ to make your gift or send it to UVSSF 160 Whaleback Mountain Rd., Enfield, NH 0374