Boyne Mountain’s Slush Cup Returns as a Fundraiser for Challenge Mountain

The annual Slush Cup returned to Boyne Mountain Resort today, but worked a little different this year.

For the first time ever, the ski event served as a fundraiser for Challenge Mountain—a program helps people with disabilities learn and enjoy different winter sports.

“We’ve been doing the Slush Cup as part of Carnival Weekend since the early 70s,” said Boyne Mountain Director of Marketing Kari Roder. “People love doing it, it’s just kind of that end-of-season, spring event that everybody looks forward to.”

The Slush Cup has become a fun, well-known event for many people in Northern Michigan and beyond.

One skier has been participating in the Slush Cup for 20 years now and travels all the way from Plymouth each year with his family.

“I would expect this to be a tradition in our family for generations to come, it’s something that I’ve been doing since I was 10 years old and I love doing it,” said Michael Knutsen.

This year, Boyne Mountain charged every skier a small fee to help raise money for a bigger cause.

“Challenge Mountain is our partner this year, so we said we’re slushing for slush and they are trying to raise funds right now to fix their parking lot at their resale shop, which is a source of a lot of funding for a lot of their adaptive ski programs and challenge mountain,” said Roder.

Roder says 100% of the donations raised today will go towards Challenge Mountain’s Storm Water and Parking Lot Campaign.

Many skiers said they were happy to give back to a program that is so important to them.

“It’s been a great weekend and we really appreciate that Boyne puts this on and obviously with the benefit this year for Challenge Mountain, it makes it even a little nicer, so just an awesome weekend all around,” said Knutsen.