PERU >> Grab the alpine or tele skis, x-c skis, snowboard, or snowshoes. Ski for Heat takes place on Sunday, Jan. 31; events will be held at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center and Bromley Mountain. These fundraisers are open to folks of all ages and abilities, whether first-timers or seasoned pros. They are not timed events, so you take part at your own pace and can come and go as your schedule allows.

Proceeds go to Ski for Heat to help provide heating fuel assistance to low-income households in our corner of Vermont. Thousands of Vermonters depend on fuel assistance support in emergency situations.

Wild Wings owners Chuck and Tracy Black are again, as they have every year, opening their ski touring center to Ski for Heat participants. Skiers and snowshoers who bring in donations or pledges they have collected (or make a donation themselves) have access to the trails that wind through hard- and softwoods, next to streams, and through open fields. Trails are all one-way, which makes it quiet and orderly, The warming hut has a toasty woodstove and big sunny windows, and Tracy has delicious homemade soups simmering through the day. No preregistration is required — you may simply go to the Ski for Heat table in the warming hut whenever you show up.


Bromley is offering a special all-day, all lift ticket for $40 to Ski for Heat participants and then donating half of that to Ski for Heat. Season pass holders can participate by making a $20 donation to Ski for Heat (go to Bromley's Guest Services).

Bromley will donate one lift ticket for every additional $100 raised, and the Wild Boar Tavern will have a special "Bring on the Heat" spicy chicken special that day, featuring 6 all natural boneless chicken fingers, smothered in Chef Eileen's handmade Bromley Bomb Sauce. Finish your order in 5 minutes and it's on the house. Plus, Bromley will donate an additional $25 to Ski for Heat, and you'll win a lift ticket. Participants need to register on by Saturday, Jan. 30 to receive the special ticket.

"I think everyone who lives in Vermont can understand the difficulties of staying warm through the winter, and our events bring much needed funds to programs that serve our area. People like the chance to feel like they can make a difference," said Ski for Heat founder Martha Robertson. "And Ski for Heat provides fun and easy opportunities for them to do that."

Ski for Heat is proud to have Clark's Quality Foods in Londonderry, as the title sponsor for all Ski for Heat events. Clark's is active in the community and has been supporting Ski for Heat since its inception. The Manchester Lions Club is again the silver sponsor for the fundraisers. Bronze sponsors are Dao Dog Designs, Finn & Stone, Inc., and Price Chopper. A list of the many area businesses that are providing prizes to be awarded to top fundraisers can be found on the website. Ski for Heat appreciates all of the local support.

Ski for Heat is a local nonprofit organization, managed and run solely by a small corps of volunteers, which raises money for heating fuel assistance for low-income families and individuals in the area. More information about skiing for heat at Bromley and Wild Wings can be found at or by emailing