Hope on the Slopes

This weekend I'll be heading to Stevens Pass for the Hope on the Slopes American Cancer Society fundraiser. If you haven't donated yet but would like to, it's not too late. Just head over to

Thanks to all who have donated so far. We have already raised $510 and I'd love to bump that number up even higher!

I spoke with the event coordinators and last year's record was 86,000 vertical feet by one skier. That seems like a pretty tall order, so my personal goal is going to be 50,000 feet. Another interesting fact is that it will only be 23 hours long since we spring forward on Saturday night.

Hope on the Slopes

Last year around this time, I made a post about the Stevens Pass Vertical Challenge fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. The event is back this year with a new name: Hope on the Slopes. Participants will start skiing at 10am on March 8 and see how many vertical feet they can ski before 10am the following morning. Prizes are awarded to the top teams and individuals.

Unfortunately, last year I never made it to the event due to the surgery. God-willing that won't be happening this year and I'll be going twice as hard to make up for last year. Of course, the skiing itself takes a back seat the fundraising portion of the event. It's really easy to donate. All you have to do is visit and click Make a Gift to Support Ben Martens.

I promise not to bug you about this in person (except for a few people I know who don't read the site but will want to help out.) It's up to you if you want to donate, but please remember that every little bit makes a difference. And of course these donations are tax deductible. You can pay online directly to the ACS with your credit card. It couldn't be much simpler.

If you have any questions, shoot them my way. I'll be posting one more reminder right before the event and then I'll post a write up about the event itself. The number of vertical feet that I ski doesn't affect the amount of money raised, but I'm shooting for 50,000 feet. To put that in context, an average day is about 15,000-25,000 feet for me. We'll see if I can make it!

PS. MattM is going participate too! Is anyone else interested?