Celebrity Challenge Turns Out Big

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Waterville Valley, NH, Jan. 27--On Jan. 22-23 Waterville Valley hosted the WMUR Celebrity Challenge to benefit Waterville Valley's Adaptive Ski Program. Fourteen teams composed of four able-bodied skiers, one celebrity, and one disable skier came out to compete. The contestants competed down a GS racecourse to raise funds for disabled skier programs.

The event is in its seventh year and fourth with the sponsorship of WMUR, an ABC affiliate network in New Hampshire. Cowboy hats and badges adorn all the racers to go with this year's cowboy theme. The race raised over $39,000 for Waterville's Adaptive Ski Program, which teaches over 300 people with disabilities to ski a year.

"The big turnout we had on such a cold a day, -35 F with wind-chill, shows what a great program have going here," said Stacy Lopes, Waterville Valley public relations manager.

Sunday evening an auction at the Watetvill Valley conference center drew a crowd of over 225 people. Tom Corcoran, the ski area's first developer helped auction off one of Waterville Valley's original 1966 chairs from the White Peak Double lift for $12,000. A ski trip to Grand Targhee, the area's sister resort, was also auctioned off.

"Everyone involved in the event was so psyched," said Lopes. "And when it all ended, people wanted to know about next year's Celebrity Challenge."