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Kissing Bridge swaps skis, boards at recent season-opening festival

GET KISSIN’ — Kissing Bridge Ski Resort kicked off the season with a ski swap and festival on Nov. 8-10. Photos by Leo Mrugala.

GLENWOOD — Kissing Bridge Ski Resort hosted its annual Fall Fest and Ski Swap on Nov. 8-10. The free event was Kissing Bridge’s way of welcoming the public to the 2013-2014 ski season as well as a fundraiser for the Kissing Bridge Ski Patrol, a not-for-profit organization.

“This is our biggest and most important fundraiser that we hold. Every year, we have a great turnout for the event,” said Ski Patrol Director Diane Smith.

“We rely on this as our main fundraiser, and it also kicks off our season. We encourage people, every year, to come out and see what we have to offer. You can make an entire weekend out of it. The weekend is full of fun events for families and we appreciate all the people that came out to support us,” Smith noted.

The event included many festivities for people of all ages to try. There was a rock climbing wall for the children and a rail-jam open for boarding enthusiasts to try out. A load of snow was brought in for the rail-jam, which was put together by Phatman Board shop. Friday also included a fish fry at the Lake Effect Saloon, which will now be open every Friday, throughout the upcoming season.

Friends and family could also take the chairlift ride up the Holly hill, for a donation to the Kissing Bridge Ski Patrol.

The Ski Swap included ski and snowboarding apparel available for customers to purchase, with all proceeds going to the ski patrol. Ski packages were also available, at 20 percent off, with a donation of five nonperishable food items for the food bank.

“This was a great opportunity for people to give skiing or snowboarding a chance, if they’ve never tried it before,” said Smith.

“The Ski Swap is always a great way for newcomers to get into the sport. There are really good deals, on some of the equipment,” she continued. “Especially for kids who are just starting out, this is a great chance to get equipment, at an affordable price.”

The event wrapped up on Sunday, as the Lake Effect Saloon was open for Bills fans, who wanted to check out the game and order some food, to go along with it.

The crew at Kissing Bridge is preparing for the upcoming season, and said they encouraged people to be ahead of the pack. They recommended all customers get their photo pass taken early; this would allow for them to be the first on the slopes, to start the season. Also, the longer skiers and boarders wait to get their photo, the more hectic it will be, as the season approaches.

NEED A NEW PAIR — Rows of skis and boards were available for purchase, at the ski swap, to benefit the ski patrol.

“It’s an exciting time of year; we’re gearing up for the season and there is a lot of stuff still to get done,” said ticket center employee Carlee John.

“We’re trying to get everything done, so that when the snow comes, we’re ready to roll. Hopefully, we get some snow, real soon. We’re all hoping for a ton of it. If you’re interested in getting a season pass, the sooner, the better. The later you wait, the more expensive they become.”

Log onto to www.kbski.com, for more information. For more information on season passes and ticket information, contact the ticket center at 592-4963, ext. 2222.




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