Four resorts across the Northwest held fundraisers in mid-January to support Red Cross relief efforts in Haiti. The resorts participated in a Boyne Resorts project to raise money to aid the beleaguered earthquake victims in the country that doesn't see snow.

Boyne Resorts presented $30,528 to the American Red Cross and Canadian Red Cross on behalf of its 10 resorts. Each resort donated $1 from every lift ticket sold Jan. 16 toward the Haiti relief efforts. Skiers and riders at the resorts added individual donations, too.

Boyne's four Northwest resorts - [R48R, Big Sky], [R466R, Summit at Snoqualmie], [R124R, Crystal Mountain], and [R127R, Cypress Mountain] - raised $11,771, more than one-third of the total corporate donation. "We're glad to be able to help the people of Haiti in our own way during this extremely difficult time," said John Kircher, president of western operations for Boyne Resorts who is based at Crystal Mountain. "Our thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Haiti and the courageous volunteers, military troops, and medical personnel from around the world who have come to their aide."

The Summit at Snoqualmie brought in the biggest donation of the four resorts with $5,666 collected in one day. Crystal contributed $3,968, and Big Sky raised $1,382. Cypress Mountain, which has closed its alpine skiing for the duration of the Olympics, even collected $755 between employee donations and $1 from every Nordic skier ticket.

The donation day, scheduled to take advantage of the Martin Luther King holiday weekend crowds, no doubt added to the total. "Within two days, the plan went into motion across all ten resorts,"

"We were thrilled to find that so many of our patrons were eager to further the results by making individual contributions," Julie Ard, spokesperson for Boyne Resorts, told us. "Our team is proud of the results we achieved, but more so gratified by the fact that quick steps enabled us to already have our monies on their way to helping victims in Haiti."

Boyne Resorts has done similar fundraising in the past. The company's resorts contributed funds to assist Hurricane Katrina and Asian earthquake and tsunami victims in 2005.