Donate food, ski for free at Mt. A

Mt. Ashland is offering free lift tickets all day Sunday in exchange for a minimum of five cans of food in its annual "Ski and Ride Against Hunger" day.

The beneficiary of the community event is ACCESS Inc., a Community Action Agency. ACCESS' mission is to build a foundation of community support to help individuals and families survive temporary set backs and get back on their feet, according to event organizers.

In 2007, 182 skiers and snowboarders generated 1,050 pounds of food, equaling 1,000 meals, estimated Philip Yates, a program manager with ACCESS.

"Regardless of the weather, everyone was having a great time, skiing or snowboarding for free while helping out their neighbors," Yates said.

Those donations translated into $7,098 in free lift tickets donated by Mt. Ashland for the 2007 event.

"It's a win-win event for the public, Mt. Ashland, and ACCESS Inc.," said Mike Dadaos, marketing and event supervisor for Mt. Ashland. "We are pleased to continue this annual event and give back to the community that supports us."

Mt. Ashland has more than 100 inches of snow pack on the upper mountain and is scheduled to operate daily through April 13.

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