Sierra says so long to ski season |

Sierra says so long to ski season

Community spirit and spring skiing combined Monday during Sierra-at-Tahoe’s closing day. All proceeds from the resort’s fourth annual Community Day will go to area youth programs.

“The spirit of the day is a community day,” said Tracy Owen Chapman, director of marketing and sales. “We are investing in our youth by donating the money we make today to local youth sports organizations and education.”

With a crowded parking lot, the resort had a healthy turnout of skiers anxious to make their last turns of the season.

“It’s beautiful out here,” said Gordon Yee of Daly City, who brought his two daughters, Kimberly and Jenna, up to ski. “There are no lines and the $5 ticket was the best part.”

“To be good members of the community you need to support education and recreation in this town,” said John Rice, Sierra’s general manager. “We give every penny back to the community of what we make today. When we get cards and letters back (from the organizations) it just validates that it’s going to good use.”

Last year Sierra raised $10,406, depositing it into an account which allowed it to write checks throughout the year for organizations geared toward youth recreation and education. The resort also donated 150 season passes to fourth- and fifth-graders who maintained an “A” average throughout the year.

For most skiers on the hill, even those who had season passes, they were more than willing to donate the $5 to help out a good cause.

“We’re just happy to be out here skiing on such a glorious day and contributing to a kid’s future,” said Mafri Crosby, of Sacramento. “Besides that, I have the day off and what better way to spend it than on the slopes.”

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