Utah's ski industry will kick off a two-month drive "Suit up for Snow" to collect coats and jackets for the needy during Saturday's Salt Lake Bees baseball game.
The state's 14 resorts and Ski Utah, their marketing arm, will place donation boxes at entry gates to Spring Mobile Ballpark before the 6:35 p.m. game with Reno, seeking to collect cold-weather gear that will be donated to The First Chair and The Road Home. First Chair helps children from low-income households get access to learn-to-ski classes while The Road Home runs the Salt Lake Community Shelter and provides food, clothing and shelter to low-income individuals.
Ski Utah President Nathan Rafferty said industry members are eager "to give back to our communities. â¦ We look forward to collecting as many coats as possible." He noted that donors will receive a pair of headphones and chances to receive other ski swag.
The resorts also will distribute information about their season-pass rates while Ski Utah will publicize its Fifth and Sixth Grade Passport program, which provides free lift-tickets to students of those ages in an effort to make them skiers or snowboarders for life.
The coat drive will run through Nov. 1. A complete list of drop-off sites is at tinyurl.com/qfbhgtm.