Imagine this dream trip: You travel by private air service to Aspen-Snowmass, Alta, Snowbird, Jackson Hole, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley, Mammoth Mountain and Whistler Blackcomb. You’re put up in premier lodging at each stop. Lift tickets and ground transportation are included. You get to bring three friends.
This probably sounds unattainable (and for most of us, it is), but for the right philanthropist, this is exactly the trip he or she will be taking next winter. The Mountain Collective—a total of eight resorts in six locations throughout Western North America—is auctioning off this trip to benefit the Shane McConkey Foundation.
The auction is taking place online until March 29, 2013. The top three bidders online will be entered to bid in a live auction, taking place during the Shane McConkey Gala on the opening night of the Pain McShlonkey Classic in Squaw Valley. It’s worth noting that, as of March 20, the leading bid on this trip—valued at $35,000—was less than $3,000. So while unlikely, it’s possible someone will get this at a steal.
The Shane McConkey Foundation helps those who inspire positive change. Past beneficiaries include the Make-a-Wish Foundation, The Humane Society of Truckee, The Truckee-Tahoe Unified School District, and Protect Our Winters.
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The complete release from Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadow is below.
The Mountain Collective Resorts Join to Auction Off the Truly Ultimate Vacation Package to Benefit the Shane McConkey Foundation
[Olympic Valley, Calif.] March 18, 2013 - The leadership of mountain resorts represented in the new Mountain Collective pass have joined forces to auction off the Truly Ultimate Vacation package, with all proceeds benefitting the Shane McConkey Foundation in conjunction with the 2013 Pain McShlonkey Classic on March 30. The Truly Ultimate Vacation Package includes private air transportation, premier accommodations, lift tickets, and ground transportation for four people to all six of the Mountain Collective destinations: AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb.
The Truly Ultimate Vacation package is available for online auction from now through 6 p.m. on March 29. The online auction can be found at:http://auctions.readysetauction.com/squawvalley/
“The leadership of the mountain resorts involved with The Mountain Collectivehave a shared passion for the mountain spirit and life,” said Andy Wirth, president and CEO of Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows. “Putting these legendary mountains together with private air travel will make for what we think will be a phenomenal package all in support of the McConkey Foundation and in celebration of Shane’s life and spirit.”
The Shane McConkey Foundation honors those who inspire positive change in the world and the life of others. Shane McConkey altered the paths of countless friends, acquaintances and strangers through his accomplishments, generous spirit, laughter and his positive outlook on life. He was an innovator, a goofball, a friend, a husband and a father, but his zest for life carried into his deep appreciation for the environment and living creatures. The goal of the Foundation is twofold: to carry on this legacy through random acts of kindness and charitable giving and to inspire others to make a difference in the world at large.
The Pain McShlonkey Classic is the primary fundraiser for the Shane McConkey Foundation. This year’s event will benefit Make-A-Wish Foundation and the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s environmental education programs.
“I want to thank Squaw for their invaluable support and contributions to the foundation,” said Sherry McConkey, president, founder and chairwoman of the Shane McConkey Foundation. “Andy Wirth and his team have constructed the experience of a life time. I know Shane would have given this North American ski trip one zillion G.N.A.R points.”
The top three online bids for the Truly Ultimate Vacation package will earn the right to enter the final live auction taking place at the McConkey Gala on March 29. The three finalists will be patched into the live auction emceed by Roy Tuscany of High Fives Non-Profit Foundation.
About The Mountain Collective
The Mountain Collective is a collaboration between six independent resorts, offering skiers and riders 12 collective days across 30,376 acres, 12 mountains and 1,281 trails for just $349. Specifically, the Mountain Collective includes two days at AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler Blackcomb, 50 percent off all additional days at the Collective resorts, and up to 25 percent off lodging at each property. More information at www.TheMountainCollective.com