It was cold, but sunny, with some of the best snow of the season on Feb. 1 for our 19th annual Snowfest at Loon Mountain.
Reports from guests coming in off the mountain were that it was a banner day with some of the best conditions they’ve skied at Snowfest, despite single degree temperatures at the top of the mountain that had some hesitant about how long they’d make it outdoors. The sun on their faces made it feel as though they were skiing and riding out west.
Since 2001, Loon Mountain has very generously offered full access to the mountain for CASA volunteers and their families as a volunteer appreciation day. Former CASA board member Rick Kelley, dropped in to check out the festivities midday. Kelley was the longtime general manager at Loon and currently serves as senior vice president of ski and snow operations for Loon’s parent company Boyne Resorts. He told guests at lunch that he is so pleased Loon has been able to offer this day for so many years as a way to say thank you to CASA volunteers for the hard work they do on behalf of New Hampshire’s abused and neglected children.
Over the years, Snowfest has gone through several iterations including in most recent years serving as a community fundraiser with a fun and unique snow golf competition that was suspended at least for a couple years to refocus the event to its roots as a day focused on our volunteers.
This year’s event included the annual continental breakfast courtesy of Loon with the buffet lunch provided by the Common Man’s Foster’s Boiler Room. Cape Cod’s Palmer Egan returned for his third year to provide a musical backdrop to lunch. The apres ski party was expanded and held in the Governors Pavilion this year and included snacks, a cash bar and live music by Portland, Maine’s Jason Spooner Band. A raffle full of fantastic prizes donated by local businesses was also pulled during apres ski. The top tier prizes included a New England Gold Pass to Loon, Sunday River and Sugar Loaf; a pair of Blizzard skis with Technica Boots and Marker Bindings, and a Patriots football autographed by Tom Brady that found its new home just two days before Brady earned his sixth Super Bowl ring.
And while the focus was pulled back from fundraising, Snowfest still earned $21,000 from sponsorships, raffle ticket sales and registration fees from non-CASA volunteer guests who joined us for the day. These funds are put to use to recruit, train and support more volunteer advocates who serve to provide recommendations to judges about what is in the child’s best interests when decisions are being made in abuse and neglect cases.
Thank you to all who participated. And we hope to see you next year on Friday, Feb. 7, for the 20th annual Snowfest!
Check out photos below from photographer Kendal J. Bush.