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Snowy golfer at Snowfest. Courtesy photo.




Snowfest

Where: Loon Mountain, 60 Loon Mountain Road, Lincoln
When: Friday, Feb. 6, lifts open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Tickets: $105 individual, $400 for group of four
Visit: casanh.org/snowfest 




Slopeside fairway
Ski trail-turned-golf course to benefit nonprofit

01/29/15
By Allie Ginwala aginwala@hippopress.com



If you’ve ever had the desire to ski or snowboard down a trail while stopping periodically to tee off, make your way to Loon Mountain on Friday, Feb. 6, when nine holes, “greens,” and hazards will take over the Blue Ox trail for the 15th annual Snowfest.

Every winter, a golf course is groomed onto a trail at Loon Mountain as part of a fundraiser to benefit CASA of New Hampshire. Skiers and riders are given golf clubs (real golf clubs, provided by CASA) and foam balls and work in teams to tally the lowest score for the day.
“The fact that they have groomers set up this golf course every year is pretty cool,” said Joann Neumann, development director at CASA of New Hampshire.
 The way it works is a group of three or four people (who either come in as a team or are paired up with other individuals) head down the trail — designed differently every year — ski up to the hole, remove the skis or snowboard, hit the ball and keep going down the course. 
While Snowfest is an opportunity to thank and recognize CASA (court appointed special advocates) volunteers, it’s open to the general public to help raise funds for CASA of New Hampshire. Included in a ticket, which can be purchased for an individual or a team of four, is a lift ticket for the mountain, access to the golf course, breakfast and lunch buffet provided by The Comman Man, giveaways and raffles, and an apres ski party at the end of the day. 
“You do have a full mountain pass for the day. That is the big plus,” Neumann said. “All the proceeds go to CASA for this one day. I think that is one of the biggest benefits.” 
Visitors can win a pair of Rossignol skis in the raffle or place a bid in the live auction for a Gold Pass, an all-access pass to Loon, Sunday River and Sugarloaf, for next season.
The apres ski party will be in the Governor’s Pavillion, where the raffle winners will be chosen and trophies will be handed out for the day’s winning golfers.
If playing golf in full snow gear isn’t your thing, that’s no problem. You can opt for a regular day of shredding the slopes followed by time spent unwinding and relaxing at the evening party. 
 
As seen in the January 29, 2015 issue of the Hippo.





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