The lifts are running at Showdown Montana and skiers are helping a good cause.
Anyone who brought 15 cans of food for the Great Falls Community Food Bank on Saturday also got a $15 lift pass.
Last year, the event gathered about 3,000 pounds of food and ski staff expected this year would exceed that when the food is counted.
Showdown opened Friday with enough snow to open all of their runs.
Staff said the food drive is an important part of their opening weekend to help the community while giving skiers a break.
“Most of our skiers come from Great Falls so it’s a great way to give back to the community,” Avery Gold, Showdown’s marketing director, said. “It is right before Christmas so we can help them out a little bit and kind of kick off our season in a fun way.”
Skier Sam Sulser said he loves Showdown and doesn’t have a ski pass so anytime he can get a discount and support the local food bank is good enough for him.
Showdown will be open every day from December 21 until January 6 except for Christmas Day.
–Reported by Joe Huisinga/MTN News