Ask anyone who frequents Holiday Valley, and they’ll tell you the Penguin Paddle is an annual favorite event. And how could it not be? I don’t care how old you are - putting a plastic bag over your body and sliding down the ski slope headfirst like a penguin is awesome. But what’s more awesome is what the Penguin Paddle benefits. The Lounsbury Adaptive Ski Program, founded in 1982, draws on volunteers to assist those of disability with the joy of skiing. You’ve probably seen them on the hill, smiles plastered on their faces.
Taking place this year on Saturday, February 25, the Penguin Paddle is open to the public and encourages all ages to take part in the fun. Registration begins at 8:30am at Creekside Lodge and at 9am at the base of Yodeler; the $1 registration fee covers your race entry and black garbage bag. The action goes down at 1:30pm on Yodeler. (Not the whole run, that’d be crazy!) There are 7 age groups plus a ‘Mixed Double’ where you can grab a friend and race with them.
And then there’s the auction. Raffle tickets will be on sale all day at Yodeler, where you’ll find a myriad of great prizes you can win - including a season’s pass to Holiday Valley! Past prizes have included plane tickets, and plenty of great gift baskets and local gift certificates, so the Penguin Paddle isn’t an event you’ll want to miss. For more information on the Penguin Paddle, head to www.holidayvalley.com or call 716-699-2345.