VERMONT - On Jan. 26, Vermonters can hit the ski slopes and cross-country ski or snowshoe trails around the state to help others in their community who will be facing a difficult winter ahead. Participants collect donations (or make their own) to raise money for Ski for Heat and will be eligible to win prizes, including Rossignol skis and ski-and-stay packages. Resorts are participants offering incentives, such as discounted and free lift tickets to participants. Money raised stays locally, benefiting the heating fuel assistance program in which it was raised.

The event is open to skiers, snowboarders, cross-country skiers, and snowshoers of all abilities and ages.

"It's fun, it's easy, and it's for a good cause," said Martha Robertson, Ski for Heat event founder.

Details on how to register and lists of ski area incentives and prizes are at www.skiforheat.org.

"I think everyone who lives in Vermont can understand the difficulties of staying warm through the winter. Our statewide event will not only bring much needed funds to programs that serve all counties, but it will also provide more fun and easy opportunities for folks in Vermont to help their neighbors. People like the chance to feel like they can make a difference," said Robertson.

"I'm pleased that Ski Vermont has joined Martha Robertson's great work to expand Ski for Heat statewide," said Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin. "As a cross country skier, I join Vermonters across the state who can ski or snowshoe to help a neighbor in need.


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As we know, cuts in federal assistance programs are making this a tough year for many people to keep their homes warm, and every little bit helps. I hope Vermonters take this opportunity to strap on their Nordic and alpine skis or their snowboards and snowshoes, and head outside on January 26 for a good cause."

The Ski for Heat fundraising season was kicked off by a benefit concert held at the Manchester Eagles Club. Local musician Bob Stannard was joined by five other top-notch blues artists from Vermont and Massachusetts. The show was presented by Tyler Electric & Security; Brad Tyler himself joined the band and played the drums for a number of songs.

Clark's Quality Foods of Londonderry is the title sponsor of Ski for Heat.

"Clark's has been with us from the very start. We are thrilled to have the support of such a community-minded business," said Robertson. "The silver sponsor is the Manchester Lions Club, who has also been a sponsor through the years. Finn & Stone and Northshire Bookstore are our bronze sponsors and have also been long-time friends of Ski for Heat."

For more information, go to www.skiforheat.org.