Every Pro had a first day, and Snowdays Foundation provides opportunities for them to share the challenge and success of that experience with students from outreach organizations in Portland.

Last weekend Austin Smith and Travis Parker (who originally founded Snowdays in 2004) were at Summit Ski Area to coach students from Hacienda CDC, a Portland nonprofit that strengthens families in the Latino community. None of these students had ever been to Mt Hood, only an hour drive from Portland.

More athletes got involved by sharing their first days in this video (filmed at the Legendary Banked Slalom) to prepare students for the challenge – and fun – ahead (Austin Smith, Josh Dirksen, Nils Mindnich, Robin Van Gyn, Hana Beaman, Leanne Pelosi, Bryan Fox and Curtis Ciscek).

Now its your turn! Join athletes like Russell Winfield and Darrell Mathes by volunteering to help coach!

Can't make it on a trip? evo is matching donations made on the website through the end of the month to help Snowdays make more first days possible! You can also post your first day story and tag@SnowdaysPDX.

About Snowdays Foundation:

We provide equitable access to Mt Hood with free outdoor programming for outreach youth organizations across the Portland Metro Area. By working through challenges on the mountain, students gain self-confidence, strengthen relationships with mentors, and gain a deeper appreciation for the mountain.

Our students come from middle and high schools in challenging neighborhoods, with the lowest academic achievement, the highest poverty rates, and the highest percentage of single-parent households.

Sponsors include: Summit Ski Area (Timberline), evo, Umpqua Bank, Dakine, Salomon Snowboards, Nitro Snowboards, Skull Candy, Volcom, 10 Barrell Brewing, Electric, Brew Dr Kombucha, PCA, Treasury Wine, Airblaster, Sandbox, Sizzle Pie, Tactics and Snowvana.

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