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Nonprofit Beat: Skiing and beer

Drew Andersen
summit daily news

Is there anything better than skiing and beer?

Well, not at the same time, of course. That would be hazardous. But a couple of upcoming events new to Summit County will feature tasty brews and making turns, respectively.

Pug Ryan’s Steakhouse and Brewery in Dillon is partnering with local nonprofit Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center for a Brewmaker’s Dinner on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The dinner will feature four courses, each paired with one of Pug’s famous quaffs. Pug Ryan’s CEO Travis Holton said he stashed away some of the limited production Whiskey Barrel Stout for the dinner. Tickets are only $45, and proceeds benefit Friends of the Colorado Avalanche Information Center, which provides financial support for the avalanche center.

This is the first year of the event, but Holton hopes to host the dinners on a quarterly basis. Seats are limited, but still available, so contact Pug Ryan’s at (970) 468-2145 to reserve yours.

While Hope on the Slopes is not a new event, it will be held for the first time in Summit County this year, as the American Cancer Society will host the event at Breckenridge Ski Resort on Feb. 26. Hope on the Slopes invites people to raise money for the society through a ski or snowboard challenge. The term “challenge” may be misleading – last year the challenge was to log as many vertical feet of riding or skiing as possible. The challenge will likely change this year, but it will still be accessible to all skill levels.

Event coordinator Alison Jolin said the event has primarily been a Denver function in the past, and was hosted at Loveland Ski Area. Jolin wants to get Summit County involved this year, so she is looking for volunteers here to chip in. Anyone interested should contact Jolin at (720) 524-5480 or or visit She’s still sorting out the details of the event, so any help would be appreciated.

Finally, Big “O” Tires in Frisco is hosting a “Threads for Treads” clothing drive through January 16 of next year. Those with spare cold-weather clothing can donate at the local location at 820 North Summit Boulevard.

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