Sugarloaf doesn’t offer night skiing. How are you making this happen!?
I’m glad you asked! WinterKids is lighting up the ‘Loaf for the first time in history with portable light rentals, thanks to our friends at Pike Industries and United Rentals. It will be epic.
Which trail will the event take place on?
Your ski bib gives you access to the Whiffletree Lift (multiple trails off this lift); and only the Whiffletree Trail will be lit for night skiing! Should you wish to access the entire mountain during regular business hours, you can purchase an All-Mountain Pass through Sugarloaf. Note: Whiffletree Trail is an intermediate leveled trail.
How do the teams work?
Teams can consist of 1-12 members with ONE skier at a time racking up the runs. Everyone on your team can ski together
if they wish. Each participant gets a ski bib and lift ticket. One (1) tracking chip will also be issued to you as your TEAM CHIP to share.
How does the timing chip work and where can I get results?
Each team will share one chip
. When one team member has completed his or her runs, he or she will then hand off the chip to another team member. Results will be posted on a digital board as you or your team member crosses the timing strip at the bottom of the hill on the timing truck trailer, every hour, on the hour. Results will also be posted on the TV monitors inside King Pine Room. Real time results – how cool is that!?
Is it really competitive?
The Downhill 24 is designed for people of all ages and abilities (kids, parents, and grandparents). Nobody has to ski for 24 hours, but you can if you want! Ski as much or as little as you wish! Some of the teams are really competitive and will ski really fast during the entire event. Other teams take it easy and spend more time listening to live music and enjoying other activities over skiing.
Do we get chair lift line precedence?
Yes, there will be a “D24 Chip Holders” line only. This is offered to those with a visible chip ONLY! All others must merge with other non-event goers to get onto chair lift.
I don't have a team, can I still participate?
Of course! Individuals are welcome. Create a team, tell everyone you know what you’re doing, and you just might fill up a team before you know it.
Do I need to have my whole team together before I register?
No way! You can assign one person as the Team Captain. That person can “Create a Team,” then the others can “Join a Team” later. Just be sure to agree on your Team Name (that’s the fun part!)
What are my responsibilities as a Team Captain?
Being a Team Captain ROCKS! You are the one who ‘’Creates a Team,” recruits members to join your team, and is the primary event contact.
Do we have to be on the mountain at ALL times?
Your team does NOT have to have someone out on the hill for all 24 hours. Ski only when you want. The hill will be lit up and lifts will be running for 24 hours to allow you to challenge yourself as much as you want and see how much vertical you and your team can rack up. The important part is to participate in the event and help raise money for WinterKids!
How much does it cost to participate?
It is a fundraising event, so hopefully it will only cost you the registration fee of $50. You can register for $50, and then ask everyone you know to donate to you and for a great cause to meet your minimum requirement of $200 by Friday, March 11 at 5 p.m. Keep reading for fundraising details! What a great deal to ski for 24 hours and all the cool benefits listed below!
What does my Entry Fee get me? A lot!
Entry into Maine's coolest winter fundraiser!
24 hours of great skiing and boarding at Sugarloaf
Cool team prizes for categories, including: Highest Fundraising Team, Most Runs, & Best One Piece Ski Suit!
WinterKids challenges ALL participants to raise funds – this is a fundraising event first and foremost! There is a minimum fundraising amount of $200 by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016 as part of your registration. Once you sign up, you will automatically have a fundraising page created for you that will be linked to your team. You can personalize your page by uploading a photo, and adding your personalized “winter kid” story. Then, you can share your page and encourage friends, family, and colleagues to donate. If you fall short of $200, we will charge the difference to your credit card on the deadline. Let’s say you raise $150, we’ll hit your card for the remaining $50 and so on. If you aren’t able to raise anything or fundraising isn’t your thing
– we will charge your credit card $200 (but it’s still a great value for all that skiing, food and fun).
Tell anyone and everyone about the amazing event you are participating in for such a worthy cause! They will think you are way cool! Check out our Fundraising Tips here.
What does the money go to?
WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. Our programs & events offer special opportunities for all kids—regardless of background or socioeconomic status—to be active and healthy during the winter. WinterKids strives to build a healthier generation of children—a generation that truly understands the importance of staying active and fit in every season. WinterKids has helped over 100,000 children, families, and educators across Maine and into New Hampshire to be active outdoors in the winter through unique education programs. How cool is that?
Here's a look at WinterKids' popular programs and events at a glance!
How does the fundraising work if you are on a team?
The team is responsible for making sure that each member of their team raises their own minimum requirement. Regardless of how much a team raises; each individual (child included) is responsible to raise $200. If you fall short of $200, we will charge the difference to your credit card on the deadline.
Is my donation tax deductible?
You bet! The WinterKids Education Foundation is a 501C3 non-profit organization, EIN #01-0535175. All donations are tax deductible. All donors will receive an acknowledgment letter for tax purposes upon donating.
Do you accept cash & check donations?
We accept checks and cash anytime, and will apply these off-line donations to your fundraising page! Please send checks and cash donations to: WinterKids, P.O. Box 7566, Portland, ME 04112. Donors should identify the individual/team on the Message Line of their check.Each donor will receive an acknowledgment letter for your tax records.
Will you accept donations at the event and apply it to my fundraising page?
You bet! Simply find the “WinterKids Table” in the King Pine Room anytime during the event to apply your donations!
What if I really don’t like fundraising?
You can always pay the $250 upfront. The value of your event ticket is totally worth it! 24-hours of skiing at Sugarloaf, pasta dinner, pancake breakfast, t-shirt, ski bib, swag bag goodies, tons of entertainment – and all for a good cause!
Need help with the funds?
Spread the word on Social Media, or ask your company to split the cost with you! Heck, maybe they will sponsor you if you gather a work crew and wear their logo. Get creative!
Is there a fundraising incentive?
Yes! There will be GREAT prizes for individuals and teams who raise the most funds! There are prizes for the Top 3 Individual Fundraisers, Highest Fundraising Team, and Highest Individual Donor. Resort getaways, gift cards, free entry into next year’s event, ski gear and much more!
What is the refund policy?
All registration fees are considered a donation, and therefore non-refundable. Should you wish to limit or remove your fundraising minimum, this request must be received in writing on or before 9 a.m. on March 5. You can send this to email@example.com.
Do I need to sign a waiver?
Yes, we live in America. You can sign your event waiver when you register, and your Sugarloaf Event Waiver onsite during registration. A parent or guardian must sign for any competitors under age 18.
Can kids sign up?
Yes! Anyone who can ski can join in on the fun. There’s lots of fun in store for the kiddos including mechanical bull rides, caricature artist, prizes, and more. Children 16 and under must be off the slopes between 10pm and 6am, unless accompanied by an adult. Children 10 and younger must be off the slopes between 6pm and 6am, unless accompanied by an adult. We ask that parents or guardians be responsible for their kids throughout the event.
The registration fee and donation requirement is the same for every participant regardless of age.
What if I need rentals?
Rental equipment fees are listed here: http://www.sugarloaf.com/pricing-and-products/rentals. Should you wish to rent equipment for the 24-hours, this will be considered a one-day rental. Should you need to leave during rental store off hours, you can leave with a WinterKids representative in King Pine Room.
What’s the venue like?
Sugarloaf is a top year-round destination in New England, and home of Maine’s tallest winter resort, coming in at a whopping 4,237 feet. The resort offers many winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, nordic skiing, snowshoeing, concerts, slope side lodging and terrain parks. www.sugarloaf.com. Sugarloaf is the largest ski area east of the Rockies!So what we’re trying to say, is the venue is pretty spectacular.
What will you feed me?
We will offer a Pasta Dinner Friday night (5-6:30 p.m.) and Continental Breakfast Saturday morning (5-6:30 a.m.). Snacks, water, coffee, and drinks will be available around the clock for participants. Sugarloaf has a nice selection of restaurants to enjoy, and will sell BBQ lunch foods Friday afternoon.
Team Prize Categories
Team with Most Runs
Top 3 Teams Most Runs
Youngest Team with the Most Runs
Most Team Spirit
Best Team Costumes
Best One-Piece Ski Suit
Best Team Name
Law Firm Challenge
Best Trash Talker
Highest Fundraising Team
Highest Individual Donor
Youngest Fundraiser (Youngest kid to raise any money)
Biggest Fundraiser Under 18
Top 3 Fundraisers
Top Individual Fundraiser!
Where do we sleep?
Sleep? It’s a 24-hour event, no sleep for you! Okay… I guess you will need some rest after all those runs, and all that fun.
Sugarloaf is offering a 20% discount to all Downhill 24 participants. Visit: http://sugarloaf.com/vacation-planning/lodging-options. Look for any type of property you desire: Condo/Townhome, Hotel Arrangements, Seasonal Rentals, and more. Find availability, and call 1.800.THE.LOAF (843-5623) to book and receive your 20% off, and mention you are with the WinterKids Downhill 24 event to receive the discount.
What should I bring to the event?
A lot can happen in 24 hours, so if you plan to ski/board and stay on the resort for the entire 24 hours, bring warm clothing. Layering is always best. Food will be served sporadically to participants but options will be available for purchase for the entire 24 hours. Many participants will take breaks throughout the night and bring food, pillows, etc. to rest in King Pine Room. All supplies must be cleaned-up by 6:30 a.m. Saturday morning March 12.
Kickoff Party? What is this Kickoff Party I keep hearing about?
We’re so glad you asked! The Kickoff Party will be at the Widowmaker Lounge from 6:00-8:00 p.m. This is going to be our first ever pre-event party and it will allow you to check-in prior to the start of the event (perks of this include you getting to sleep in on race day!).
Where do I check-in if I cannot make the Kickoff Party?
Check in will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, March 11 at the event in the King Pine Room. Please have at least one team representative at the Welcome Ceremony where we will go over important race information including Rules + Regulations. The Welcome Ceremony starts at 8:30 a.m. on “the beach”.
How should I train?
Get off the couch, hit the slopes, and have fun with it!
More questions? Interested in Sponsorship Opportunities or volunteering at the event?