Celebrity Challenge Turns Out Big

$150; hestrausa.com  It was mid-February at New Mexico’s Taos Ski Valley when tragedy struck. After a 45-minute boot-pack, I scoped my line from the top of 12,481-foot Kachina Peak. The wind whipped ferociously off the ridge, stinging my face and twisting my hair into a knot. I wanted to take a picture—the 360-degree view of northern New Mexico was almost lunar in its austere beauty. So I removed my right-hand glove to fiddle with my camera. Within a nanosecond, the wind grabbed my mitt and ran like a mugger in Oakland. I watched, dismayed, as the glove flew off the peak’s back side and descended into the permanently closed Wheeler Wilderness Area. Sure, I looked for it, sideslipping down and then hiking up in search of a tiny leather needle in that icy haystack. No luck. My favorite cowhide leather glove, with its stretchy neoprene cuff and padded fingers, was gone forever. I called Hestra’s customer service line soon after and told my sob story, recounting the details as if I’d lost a close friend on a dangerous expedition. Days later, there was a brand-new right-hand glove in my mailbox. Since then, I haven’t let it out of my sight. —Megan Michelson, Associate Editor, Skiing Magazine Check out more gear picks from Skiing Magazine.

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."