White Pass Ski Resort aims to raise $150,000 for the Yakima Downtown Rotary in honor of their new Paradise Basin Expansion. The fundraising consists of auctioning off two prizes coveted by White Pass fans and running a special preview one day prior to opening.
Local Yakima skiers and riders are salivating to test-drive the new terrain. The resort's expansion that doubled the size of its acreage took three decades to bring to fruition. In return for the local support, the resort has devised ways to help raise funds to benefit the community. The resort has set a fund-raising goal of $150,000, to be divided between Rotary Charities, Children's Village of Yakima, and Mary Bridge Children's Foundation.
White Pass is donating two unique prizes to the Yakima Downtown Rotary Auction to be held Nov. 6. Both prizes are up for bid at the live auction, which costs $125 per person to attend. Bidding is available online for those who can't attend the auction in person; pre-registration for online bidding is required.
One prize is the first chair on both new lifts, which have been named the Basin Quad and the Couloir Express. The winner will ride in the first chair on the new Paradise Basin lifts on the special preview day before opening day for the public.
The second prize can immortalize someone on the resort's trail map. It grants the naming rights for one of the new runs in Paradise Basin.
"There has been a buzz about first chair for nearly two years. A named run is adding to that excitement," spokesperson Kathleen Goyette told us. "This project has literally been something locals have been anticipating their entire lives, so the idea of putting their name on the map is very tempting. I've heard of families and friends banding together in support of a specific run name and pooling resources for bidding purposes."
The resort is also hosting a special preview day to raise money for the local charities, too. The preview day will be scheduled one day before the ski resort opens to the public. White Pass does not set an opening day, but determines it as conditions permit. "We open absolutely as soon as we can," Goyette said. "Typically, that's sometime late November through Dec. 10."
The event includes a luncheon, an expansion area tour hosted by General Manager Kevin McCarthy, tours of the new High Camp Lodge, free skiing, and finishes with a wine, beer, and appetizer reception in the main lodge. Special guests who will join the preview if the date allows include Olympians Phil and Steve Mahre as well as Andy Mahre, one of the athletes starring in Warren Miller's Wintervention. Participants get a goody bag, too.
The preview event is available to the first 250 registrants at $500 each. Registration opened online Oct. 20.