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Jun 6, 2020








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Jeff Kantor’s Winter Festival

Where: McIntyre Ski Area, 50 Chalet Court, Manchester
When: Saturday, March 12, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cost: Admission is free. Lift tickets are $30 for adults and $25 for kids. 

Ski, skim and go Hawaiian
Winter festival at McIntyre helps fight cancer

By Angie Sykeny

 One festival plus one festival equals one bigger, better celebration as McIntyre Ski Area combines its annual winter festival and its Pond Skim and Hawaiian Festival for one day full of fun.

Jeff Kantor’s Winter Festival will be held Saturday, March 12, at McIntyre in Manchester. There will be fun for all ages, including ski racing, tubing, pond skimming, kids’ activities and more to raise awareness and funds for those affected by prostate cancer. 
The event is being hosted by nonprofit Chill Cares, which Crissy Kantor founded last spring to help New Hampshire residents affected by cancer. Jeff Kantor’s Winter Festival, previously the New Hampshire Prostate Cancer Coalition Winter Festival, was created seven years ago by her father, John Kantor. When he died of prostate cancer in 2015, he passed the torch to Crissy and the general manager and vice president of McIntyre, Ross Boisvert, whose father organized the festival with John before he too died of cancer. 
Crissy Kantor and Boisvert have renamed the festival in John’s memory and decided to combine it with McIntyre’s annual Pond Skim and Hawaiian Festival — also a prostate cancer fundraiser — for an expanded day of family activities.
“It’s our first year taking on the festival, and we figured if we create a great event with all these fun things to do, we’ll create greater awareness of prostate cancer and help others to know the facts and encourage the men in our lives to get [regular] tests and try to be as healthy as possible,” Kantor said. 
All-day lift tickets for skiing, snowboarding and tubing will be available at a discounted rate of $30 for adults and $25 for kids, and that includes rentals if needed. Each ticket is also good for two runs in the Inaugural Bob Gilman “Fun Run” Ski Race. The race is open to all, and medals will be awarded for first, second and third place in each age group. 
At the pond skimming competition, contestants will ski or snowboard down the mountain to a manmade pond at the foot, then try to skim over the surface of the water without wiping out.
“There’s people who face-plant right away, but there’s some who ski right on top of the water and make it across. It’s very entertaining to watch, ” Kantor said. 
Many contestants attempt the feat in silly costumes to add to the fun. 
“They’ll come dressed up in tutus or Hawaiian-themed [outfits] or different wigs, so it’s really just a crazy, wild event,” she said.
The competition begins at 1 p.m., and the entry fee is $15 with the purchase of a lift ticket. Prizes will be awarded for Best Costume, Best Splash and Best Skim. 
For kids, there will be all kinds of games, activities, face painting and free balloons, and Disney princesses from Party Palace will be mingling and taking photos with young fans. 
Attendees can stop by the Island Grill for lunch or the Pondside Tiki Bar for some tropical sips. 
Lastly, there will be numerous gift cards, gift baskets and other prizes up for raffle, donated by local businesses and organizations. 
All proceeds from Jeff Kantor’s Winter Festival will benefit the Jeffrey S. Kantor Fund for Prostate Cancer Research as well as Chill Cares. 
“I just want everyone to come out and enjoy themselves and honor their loved ones that are fighting or have passed away from cancer,” Kantor said. “It’s hard to lose someone to cancer, but it does make it easier if you’re able to get out and help make a difference.” 

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