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Share Winter Partners with SKI PA to increase youth ski/snowboard participation in Pennsylvania

Partnership will help fund over 800 youth participating in learn to ski and snowboard programs statewide.

BROOKLYN, NEW YORK - Share Winter Foundation (Share Winter) welcomes the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (Ski PA) as a partner in its mission to improve the lives, health, and fitness of youth through winter sports.

Share Winter is a grantmaking organization providing financial and other resources to learn to ski (nordic and alpine) and snowboard programs serving youth traditionally denied access to these sports. Funds are distributed nationwide to carefully vetted programs that meet competitive grant criteria and commit to creating pipelines to ongoing snow sports participation. Share Winter Foundation is funding 26 partner organizations, with whom they are getting 45,000 children onto the snow this winter.

Together with Ski PA, which donated $25,000, Share Winter also launched a Mountain Partnership Program, distributing over $34,000 in funding to 14 schools attending Learn to Ski and Ride programs at the following Pennsylvania mountains: Liberty Mountain, Blue Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, Mount Pleasant of Edinboro, and Round Top Mountain Resort.

Through the Mountain Partnership Program, these individual ski areas commit to providing an affordable and well-monitored “Learn to Ski” program for local schools. In exchange, Share Winter provides eligible local schools with micro-grants for up to $2,500 to help fund or start a ski/snowboard program at the resort. 

Share Winter prioritizes funding for schools that serve youth traditionally denied access to these sports, programs serving students from diverse backgrounds, and programs that provide scholarships for youth who qualify for free/reduced-cost lunch.

“Share Winter started the Mountain Partnership program after realizing that many school-based ski/snowboard clubs and programs were having difficulty raising enough funds to provide the program(s) to students facing financial barriers and/or had to discontinue their programs due to rising transportation costs,” explains Share Winter CEO, Constance Beverley. “We know how important these programs are to the individual mountains and the surrounding community. We want to make sure that these programs continue to provide opportunities to local youth.”

Andrew Halmi, Manager at Mount Pleasant of Edinboro, one of this year’s Mountain Partners said, “Our small family resort has been serving the local community for nearly 50 years with skiing, snowboarding, tubing and family fun. We couldn’t be more proud to partner with Share Winter through the Mountain Partnership Program and extend access to the snow to more of our community’s students and local schools. It’s our honor!” 

“With 22 mountains within the State, skiing and snowboarding are lifetime sports that every PA student should be able to experience and learn. Skiing/Snowboarding teaches confidence, promotes an active lifestyle and allows multiple generations to play together,” explains PSAA President Ladora Phillips. “This partnership with Share Winter allows for efficient distribution of financial resources to break down those barriers that often prevent students from being able to participate.”

Once selected, Share Winter typically funds programs for 3-5 years, helping partners to grow while increasing both efficiency and efficacy. This collaboration includes ongoing program monitoring, analysis, thought leadership, and strategic support. Share Winter helps implement best practices and industry insights and shares their collective knowledge with the winter sports industry at large. 

Together, Share Winter and Ski PA are building lifelong lovers of the sport and are diversifying and democratizing access to skiing and snowboarding in Pennsylvania. 

About Share Winter:
Share Winter Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization with the mission to improve the lives, health, and fitness of youth through winter sports. It is a funding organization that provides grants, thought leadership, mentorship, and community connection for programs, schools, rec centers and clubs throughout the United States that offer opportunities for children to learn to ski and snowboard. For more information, visit www.sharewinter.org 

About Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (SkiPA)
The Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association (PSAA), consisting of member ski areas statewide, is a non-profit association that was developed to promote and serve the Pennsylvania Ski Industry. PSAA works to encourage participation and enjoyment of skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and cross-country skiing in Pennsylvania.

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