There are still two weeks remaining in Whaleback Mountain’s current fundraising campaign, but the New Hampshire non-profit has already come close to reaching its $15,000 goal in order to improve night skiing at the ski area.
Whaleback, which has experienced a number of ownership changes and closures over the years, became a non-profit a decade ago when a group of supporters formed the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation. Its goal is to sustain Whaleback Mountain “as a community snow sports facility that welcomes everyone to discover the joy of snow sports and to become a lifelong snow enthusiast.”
Improving the night skiing will go a long way toward that mission, extending the hours and terrain that local enthusiasts will get to experience at the ski area.
“If you’ve been here recently you’ll recognize that there are a couple of dark spots as you cruise down the mountain at night,” Jon Hunt, Whaleback executive director, said in a campaign video. “Night skiing and riding is such an essential part of the experience here at Whaleback Mountain. It feeds into the vibe here.”
While the campaign is about safer, better lighting, Whaleback also sees it as a step in the right direction for the future of the mountain.
Areas targeted for lighting improvements at the Enfield ski area include Upper Lift Line, Spout, Scrimshaw, and Canyon. A local donor kicked off the campaign with a $5,000 donation. As of Tuesday, Whaleback had already raised more than 85 percent of its goal.
For more information on how to donate, visit uppervalley.thelocalcrowd.coop/campaign/light-the-nights-at-whaleback.