Celebrating 27 years of serious fun!
The Oregon Cancer Ski Out is a two-day event for skiers and snowboarders that combines fun, competition, and fundraising with a unique racing format designed to let even novice skiers or snowboarders participate in the fight against cancer.
Teams of 5 compete for prizes at Mt. Hood Meadows, in a race that rewards consistency and teamwork rather than individual speed. Volunteer celebrity and professional coaching staff are on hand throughout the race, coordinating teams and assisting with professional advice and instructions.
Funds are raised through corporate sponsorships, team entry fees, participants voluntarily raising Bucks to Buck Cancer, a combination of silent and oral auctions, and the ever-popular Cowboy up for Cancer dinner and casino night held in Hood River. Since it began in 1988, the Oregon Cancer Ski Out has raised over $900,000 for its beneficiaries. In addition, over 400 people take part in the Ski Out each year, many of whom have participated in this event since its inception.
Each year, the event has seen increased participation, public awareness, and corporate recognition and involvement. The event's success, to date, is largely due to the strong support it has received from local corporations and individuals who want to participate in a fun event that makes a meaningful impact in the fight against cancer.
You will be skiing/snowboarding two runs each on two adjacent courses. Each of the two courses will be skied by a pacesetter before racing begins each day. The pacesetter establishes the course time on each course. The difference between your time and the pacesetter's time is your handicap. For you mathematicians, the formula is (skier time - pacesetter time)x100.
At the end of Day One, the handicaps of the 5 members of each team will be added together for each run, then the sums of each run will be added together to establish your total team handicap for the day.
Day Two will be conducted the same as Day One. When the handicaps from Day One are tallied, the team whose Day Two total team handicap comes closest to their Day One total team handicap wins the event.
Prizes will be awarded to the top 10 teams.
Gate Times Day One: 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
Gate Times Day Two: To Be Announced
Announcement of Race winners and award presentations will be held Monday in "Vertical" at Mt. Hood Meadows, as close to 3:00 p.m. as possible.
To celebrate 27 years of the Oregon Cancer Ski Out we are going all out! Bring your Stetson and your cowboy boots, and get ready for a rollin' good time! Dress for the occasion — this is a "Cowboy Up" Party — so "cowboy-up" with your best western duds.
Hospitality Room at the Hood River Inn opens at 5:00pm.
A full dinner buffet will be served in the Columbia Room at the Best Western Hood River Inn at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday Evening. The Columbia Room is located on the upper level of the hotel and can be reached by using the stairway located near the front desk.
After dinner, join in to win prizes at the Black Jack and Craps tables or take a spin on the dance floor in the Gorge Club. The Gorge Club is located across the parking lot from the front desk.
Sunday, March 8, 2015, The Best Western Plus Hood River Inn
Buffet Dinner and Auction, Columbia Room, 6:30 p.m.
Cowboy Up Casino & Dance, Gorge Club, following dinner.