Ski, snowshoe fundraiser helps turn up the winter heat

Martha Robertson thinks best when she's on skis. The founder of Ski for Heat 2011, a statewide cross-country skiing or snowshoeing fundraiser, Robertson came up with the successful wintery concept that benefits Vermont's Shareheat fund; a fund which helps keep low-income Vermonters warm during the long winter.

Ski for Heat 2011 will be held Sunday, Jan. 30, at Wild Wings Ski Touring Center in Peru. Participants from Addison, Rutland and Windsor counties will join other Vermonters and New Hampshire residents for the annual fundraising effort. Again, Wild Ski owners Chuck and Tracy Black donated their facility to Heat participants, according to Robertson who found a lasting partnership with the Blacks.

"Everyone is encouraged to take part," Robertson said. "The operating premise of Ski for Heat has always been: it's fun, it's easy, and it's for a good cause. We want people to participate at whatever level they are comfortable doing so.

While helping to keep neighbors warm, Ski for Heat is also a great way to explore the scenic trails at Wild Wings, which follow streams through hard and soft woods, and experience a fun day of good will and camaraderie."

Unlike a more formal fundraiser, Ski for Heat 2011 is laid back with no registration fee.

Robertson said, "participants may come and go as their schedules allow and ski or 'shoe for as long or little as they like (it is not a timed event), and there is terrain for all abilities."

Clark's Quality Foods is the title sponsor for both Ski for Heat 2011 and the Benefit Concert. The Vermont Country Store is the platinum sponsor.

Lawrence E. Reed, CPA, PC and the Lions Club are silver sponsors. Bronze sponsors are Bromley Mountain, Finn and Stone Insurance, the Mountain Goat, Price Chopper, Vermont Fuel Dealers Assoc., and Write Solutions.

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