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Letter: Help Save Whaleback

To the Editor:

The Upper Valley learned last month that our well-loved local little ski area, Whaleback Mountain, was closing and the future operation of winter sports there was in jeopardy. This news was heartbreaking to many in the local community and beyond, as it has been a place where schools, families, competitors, beginners, experts and even future-Olympians have been learning to ski and snowboard for generations. In addition, it is always disheartening to see yet another ski area close and fall by the wayside.

Fortunately, there has been a huge outpouring of support from the local community and beyond to rescue Whaleback, and we are calling others into action. Nonprofit organizations are exploring options. We have formed a grassroots collaboration to represent individuals from communities who hope this local gem will survive.

We are reaching out to the local community and beyond to keep “The Whale” alive by launching a fundraiser. If you would like to help, tax-deductible donations can be made online or sent payable to “Save Whaleback Mountain Ski Area,” P.O. Box 469, Hanover, 03755. Donations over $25 will get you a sticker, and donations over $100 will get you a T-shirt. If for any reason the Whaleback ski area cannot be reopened, your money will be returned or donated to a local cause of your choice. If you have questions, ideas for your own fundraiser or want to contribute, please contact us directly at SaveWhaleback@gmail.com or by calling 802-299-7760. We thank you for your support and believe that if we pull together as a community we can make this happen!

Ashley Denk

Whaleback Mountain school instructor and parent, Strafford

David Rancore

Whaleback Mountain patrol director, Lebanon

Jamie Grantham

Whaleback core coach and Volunteer, Enfield

Vincent McBeigh

Whaleback ski instructor and chef, Georges Mills

Founders, Save the Whale

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