Bluewood seeks donations of winter sports apparel

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A lack of winter clothing can put a freeze on the fun for young visitors to Ski Bluewood.

Operators of the Dayton area ski resort have organized a clothing drive to help outfit at-risk youth who visit the mountain.

Ski Bluewood offers skiing and snowboarding programs to at-risk youth from Walla Walla, Tri-Cities, Pendleton and the Lewiston and Clarkston areas. A lack of appropriate winter clothing, however, can literally dampen the experience.

By collecting gently used winter sports clothing, operators hope the fun of the mountain will no longer be offset for some by the cold and wet conditions.

Specifically needed are winter coats, winter ski and snowboard ants, snow bibs, gloves, mittens, hats, goggles, socks and facemasks. The only items that can’t be accepted are helmets. Donations will be accepted through March 31.

Dropoff locations are: in Dayton at Ski Bluewood town office, 262 E. Main St., and on the mountain in the retail location; in Walla Walla at the YMCA, 340 S. Park St.; Dusty’s Ski Shop & Rentals, 1509 Isaacs Ave.; and the Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce office, 29 E. Sumach St. Locations have also been established in the Tri-Cities at REI, YMCA and Sporthaus; and in Lewiston and Clarkston at the Boys & Girls Club, Chamber office, Follett’s Mountain Sports and Lewis Clark State College Student Activity Center.

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