AUBURN, Maine (NEWS CENTER) - This year Winter Kids is celebrating its 15th anniversary, a unique program aimed at getting Maine kids outdoors during the long winter months. Kids get free passes and discounted rates for outdoor activities such as skiing, ice skating and tubing. Organizers are planning their biggest fundraiser of the year, a 24-hour downhill ski challenge.
13-year old Dominique Cyr and her family get to hit the slopes at Lost Valley in Auburn thanks to the program. Getting outdoors and skiing is something she and her dad and sister love doing every winter. As a family they can afford to do it thanks to the Winter Kids Passport.
The passport gives Maine kids in 5th, 6th and 7th grades free and discounted passes to Maine ski areas, ice skating rinks and tubing hills. On special passport days parents and siblings get deals as well. It's all about getting kids outdoors and active in the Winter, a time when many of us prefer to hang indoors. There's also a more urgent goal to the program.
The program relies on corporate sponsors and fundraisers to keep it going. One of the biggest fundraisers is coming up the weekend of March 9th and 10th, a 24-hour downhill derby at Mount Abram. It runs from noon Saturday to noon Sunday, but that doesn't mean you have to ski for 24-hours straight. With all snow we've received lately its shaping up to be great time to hit the slopes especially if its for a good cause.
For more information on Winter Kids: http://www.winterkids.org/