Second only to fresh powder, making turns in corn snow on a warm sunny day is a cherished skiing experience. It's even better with lots of friends and when it is all done to raise money for a good cause -- well, that's icing on the cake.
On April 22, 240 skiers and snowboarders registered to participate in the fifth annual Corn Harvest at Loveland Ski Resort, Colo., located on the Continental Divide. The benefit for the Colorado Avalanche Information Center raised $5,178 to promote backcountry safety. Billed as "Colorado's backcountry enthusiasts fund-raiser ski party," the tally marked a 50-percent increase in people and cash over the previous year's effort.
In addition to great skiing, the participants enjoyed a barbecue lunch, beer from New Belgium Brewery and good tunes. Colorado retailer Bent Gate Mountaineering (Golden, Colo.) stepped up to help coordinate raffle prizes, which came in from numerous outdoor companies.