Although the eight annual Spring Grüv at Canyons, which will continue this weekend, is a community celebration that welcomes the warmer weather, it also serves as a launching pad for fundraisers such as the Ski Lay for Life.
The Ski Lay for Life, now in its third year, will be held at Canyons on Saturday, March 29, and is one of many mini events that lead up to the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life that will be held later in the year.
Jennifer Longhurst, Ski Lay for Life specialist of the Great West Division of the American Cancer Society, said the all-day event that includes activities, which allows teams comprised of family members and friends to enjoy Canyons skiing and snowboarding while raising funds to fight cancer by taking photos.
People can form teams or register individually online at www.relayforlife.org/skilayut . After registering, they raise funds and come to Canyons to receive their discounted, all-day ski pass and participate in a picture-taking team challenge, Longhurst said.
"The funds will benefit the different programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society," she said.
They include Circle of Sharing, which provides personalized cancer information; Road to Recovery, where volunteers give patients rides to treatments; Reach to Recovery, a breast cancer patient support; Look Good Feel Better, which involves cosmetologists who help adults and teens cope with skin changes and hair loss during treatment; I Can Cope, online cancer education classes and other services such as lodging and hair loss and mastectomy products.
"This year, we have an Olympic theme and we will give medals — gold, silver and bronze — to all of our cancer survivors for winning their battles," Longhurst said during an interview with The Park Record. "We have made ski-bibs that have our sponsors' logos on the back for all the participants at the event."
Everyone will receive a purple bib, except the top three fundraising teams, who will be given gold, silver, and bronze bibs at the end of the day.
"We will give medals to all of our top individual fundraisers as well," Longhurst said.
The photo contest is a scavenger hunt
"We will hand out a list of words that deal with fighting cancer, such as 'celebrate,' 'remember' and 'fight back,' which ties into our overall theme, 'Finish the Fight,'" Longhurst explained. "People will have to scour the hill to find different photo opportunities of things that reflect those words."
The catch is that cameras will not be provided.
"Anyone who does the scavenger hunt must use their own cameras or electronic devices to take the photos," Longhurst said. "All ski and snowboarders will be welcome."
In addition to the scavenger hunt, Ski Lay for Life will present an Epic Mix challenge.
Epic Mix is an application that can be downloaded to a smart phone or other portable electronic device. It will track the participants' skiing and snowboarding experiences.
"When people arrive and want to do the Epic Mix, they will get a little card that can be scanned at different locations," Longhurst explained. "It will record the total of vertical feet they've hit during their time doing the event and it will also register how high they've gone on the slopes."
Throughout the challenge, skiers and snowboarders will receive virtual pins for their accomplishments.
"The Epic Mix will take place hand in hand with the scavenger hunt, so there is a good chance to get a lot of pins," Longhurst said.
Although Ski Lay for Life is an event the whole family can enjoy, it is also a time for people to think about the fight for life, she said.
"Yes, we're fundraising and every one of us has our own reasons why we are involved," Longhurst said. "But the bottom line is that we're helping keep people alive. I love that we celebrate the survivors and remember those who we have lost to cancer. It's very emotional and spiritual event."
All events held on Saturday, March 29, at Canyons Resort
- 8 a.m. — Registration opens at the Grand Summit Hotel White Pine Ballroom. Free coffee and hot cocoa will be served.
- 9 a.m. — Opening Ceremonies/survivor and caregiver recognition begin at the Village Stage.
- 10 a.m. — Scavenger hunt and Epic Mix begin
- 3 p.m. — Closing Ceremonies and awards at the Grand Summit Hotel.