The Shred PA Campaign

How three locally-grown organizations with a shared vision of growing youth involvement in winter sports came together to give away 150 skis and snowboards last season.

A state better known for its rich national history and as being the birthplace of everyone's favorite chocolate bar, Pennsylvania is probably not the first place you think of when planning your next winter adventure. That said, anyone who has driven through the Quaker State can tell you that it is actually quite hilly, and in the winter those rolling hills are home to 26 ski resorts. That's more than Montana and Wyoming combined.

If it’s big mountain lines or waist-deep powder you’re looking for, you probably won't find it in Pennsylvania. What you will find, however, is a community of skiers and riders that are passionate about the sport, plus a mountain culture that is as vibrant and dedicated as anywhere, which is perhaps more important.

That culture is thanks in no small part to the work done by the Pennsylvania Ski Areas Association, or SkiPA, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to promote the ski industry in Pennsylvania by actively working to get the community engaged in winter sports. For over 16 years, SkiPA has employed a unique tactic in doing so, which they call the 4th and 5th Grade Snowpass. For just $40, the Snowpass provides any student in these grades three days of skiing at each of the 21 participating ski resorts across Pennsylvania.

Full article by Rick Sorensen HERE.


Three happy shredders with their brand new whips from Gilson. Courtesy of Gilson Snow

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