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    Whaleback Mountain Updates

    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

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    Nice article in the Valley News about the changes....wishing you guys all the best and will be sure to visit a few times next season.

    http://www.vnews.com/lifetimes/miles...e-at-whaleback
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    Very cool! Please keep us posted and don't be a stranger.
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    Hope people donate.. 100k is a nice gift


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    Happy summer everyone - I figured I would give everyone an update as to what we are doing up here.

    First off, we have just reached 50% of our minimal fundraising goal of $50,000, with only 2
    weeks left. For those of you not aware, an anonymous couple whose grandchildren love to ski and ride at the Whale have offered a challenge grant to the Upper Valley Snow
    Sports Foundation (UVSSF - the nonprofit that owns Whaleback) to raise $50,000 during the month of June and they will donate $100,000. This funding is vital for continued operations.

    Up on the hill, Volunteer Days are making great progress under our new Mountain Manager. Around the base area the main parking lot has been graded and we are working on doing the same across the river. The upper deck (the one off the second floor of the lodge facing the hill) is being rebuilt as are the walkways to the lower deck. This should be awesome come winter.

    Spout has been trimmed back top to bottom both sides. We started replacing the lights on this trail last year but ran out of time. We plan to finish the project this year which will greatly help for races and training at night.

    Primary trail work continues on Dorsal, where we are widening choke points and fixing dark spots with additional lights. This is going to be our primary beginner route (down to Scrimshaw) off the summit this year.

    Last year we suffered a lighting failure on Scrimshaw (the lower beginner and the park) and we fully intend to resolve that for this season. This will give us 3 top to bottom lit routes with snowmaking for winter - Spout, Dorsal > Scrimshaw, and Face. They will be opened in that priority order. If the winter goes well we may be able to do more but this is what we agree is the best use of our aging snowmaking system.

    Long story short we are excited about the changes happening and for this upcoming season.

    If you're in the area and want to spend a few hours working on the hill you can check out our volunteer sign up page: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a...eback/27917684

    Also, If you want to consider making your tax free donation now, no matter how small, you can do so here: http://www.whaleback.com/product/donate-uvssf/

    I will stop back as I can - I have attached some photos of the work we are doing.

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    Last edited by Whaleback-Mountain; Jun 22, 2015 at 11:10 AM.

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    Great stuff....I like the idea of trying to reclaim snowmaking on Ivory at some point. Getting that West side skiable for longer portions of the season would be really nice.
    Jonah's and Jawbone are great classic trails that combined with Ivory would offer something for every ability level.

    Mtn skis a lot bigger when West side options are available.
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    Everyone - they are 10K short off their goal of 50K. Be nice if we could push them over the 50K!

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    Update - a flurry of last minute activity brought us well beyond our $50K goal - the community really came through. Will have the full tally at some point soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Whaleback-Mountain View Post
    Update - a flurry of last minute activity brought us well beyond our $50K goal - the community really came through. Will have the full tally at some point soon.
    Great to hear!
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