Campaign Introduction

Nonprofit ski area improving energy efficiency to become better stewards of the environment and reduce operational costs.

Base Lodge Energy Efficiency Updates

by Jen Risley

  • $13,000

    Funding Goal
  • $21,180

    Funds Raised
  • Dec 2019

    Ended
  • Target Date

    Campaign End Method
Raised Percent :
162.92%
This campaign was successful! 😃
Enfield, NH

Jen Risley

11 Campaigns | 0 Loved campaigns

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Campaign Story

Whaleback Mountain, owned and operated by the Upper Valley Snow Sports Foundation (UVSSF), is a nonprofit entity with the mission to support and enhance an affordable, healthy, and sustainable snow sports experience in the Upper Valley of New Hampshire and Vermont. We first came together in the spring of 2013 on the heels of Whaleback Mountain LLC shuttering operations. Like our fellow residents, we recognize the importance of Whaleback as a community asset and started the journey to purchase and operate the mountain. We are preserving Whaleback because every youth and adult in the Upper Valley who wants to ski or snowboard should have an opportunity to do so at their local mountain!

Family-friendly affordable skiing riding is a top priority, as do programs such as after-school groups, lessons, adult race league, and hosting area clubs. We work hard to make improvements to trails, lighting and snowmaking, among other. As we are a nonprofit, fundraising is key to the long-term success of Whaleback, so we are focused on that task too. The non-profit model is working at other local mountains, from Cochran’s in VT to Mt. Spokane in WA.

Whaleback Mountain is performing repairs to the mountain-side wall of the base lodge due to rot. While this portion of the lodge is being reframed, we are taking the opportunity to significantly improve the energy efficiency of the lodge. The intent of this energy efficiency work is to become more environmentally friendly, improve comfort within the lodge, and reduce operational costs for the lodge.

We are having insulation sprayed into a 44’ section of the mountain-side wall of the lodge to air seal and increase the r-value. In addition to the insulation, new energy efficient windows and doors will be installed on the mountain-side of the lodge. Demolition work is in progress, the old and ineffective insulation is removed, and the new wall will be framed and ready for spray foam insulation by mid-November.

If sufficient funds are raised, Whaleback can potentially tackle other energy efficient projects (convert to LED light bulbs, install a fireplace insert to reduce heat loss through the chimney, replace additional windows and doors, etc.).

Rewards

$10

Coupon for One Beverage

Receive a coupon for one non-alcoholic beverage at the mountain after this campaign closes.

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$25

Raffle Entry to Win Unlimited Season Pass

Want a season pass but are not in a position to buy one? This reward earns you one entry into a raffle for an unlimited season pass.

Unlimited passes are good every day we are open, all day, and include full partner mountain benefits AND are included in the Freedom Pass.

Your 2019-2020 seasons pass is valid at Whaleback, but also has many added perks* including discounts to Golf & Ski Warehouse, Killington Resort, Ragged Mountain Resort, and all of the Freedom Pass partner mountains.

*Certain passes only, see website for details. Must present ID upon pass pick up.

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$50

ADDED! Whaleback T-Shirt

Did you know there are people in the Upper Valley who do not know Whaleback Mountain reopened in 2013? Your contribution earns you a Whaleback t-shirt. Wear it with pride and help spread the word that our mountain is in business, fun, and the place to be this winter!

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$50

Whaleback T-Shirt

Did you know there are people in the Upper Valley who do not know Whaleback Mountain reopened in 2013? Your contribution earns you a Whaleback t-shirt. Wear it with pride and help spread the word that our mountain is in business, fun, and the place to be this winter!

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$75

ADDED! Mug Club Membership

Whaleback's pub features a variety of craft beers and ciders. Join our Mug Club and relax in the pub for Apres Ski (or between runs)! Mug Club members receive $1 off each draft beverage purchased in the pub. Each membership is good for one season.

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$75

Mug Club Membership

Whaleback's pub features a variety of craft beers and ciders. Join our Mug Club and relax in the pub for Apres Ski (or between runs)! Mug Club members receive $1 off each draft beverage purchased in the pub. Each membership is good for one season.

0 backers

$500

Unlimited Season Pass

Unlimited passes are good every day we are open, all day, and include full partner mountain benefits AND are included in the Freedom Pass.

Your 2019-2020 seasons pass is valid at Whaleback, but also has many added perks* including discounts to Golf & Ski Warehouse, Killington Resort, Ragged Mountain Resort, and all of the Freedom Pass partner mountains.

*Certain passes only, see website for details. Must present ID upon pass pick up.

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$2,000

Corporate Season Pass

This reward is perfect for our local business friends! Get two lift tickets plus two rentals OR four lift tickets per day. Either provide a list of eligible employees to Whaleback upon pass pick up or have your employees bring their work ID to receive their lift ticket.

Product is not eligible for partner benefits or the Freedom Pass program.

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  • 03-11-2019

    Progress in the lodge!

    MTD Building Contractors made good progress this week and over half the new windows are installed! Framing is complete and electrical rough-in by MG Electric is next. Following the electrical rough-in will be spray foam insulation by Chey Insulation. Spray foam insulation is more expensive than traditional fiberglass insulation, but it is a better investment for Whaleback. It will improve energy efficiency, improve R-value, and reduce wind penetration of the building on blustery days. We are grateful to these three contractors who are providing discounts to Whaleback, which helps keep the project costs lower.

    Thank you to everyone who has donated so far and please share our campaign to help us reach our crowdfunding goal of $10,000!

  • 07-11-2019

    Updated Fundraising Goal!

    We gave it some thought and because we are so enthusiastic about the work we are doing in the lodge, we decided to update our fundraising goal to $13,000! We would really love to get the fireplace insert before the start of the 2019-2020 season. The fireplace insert will be more efficient than our current heating system, plus add ambiance to our rustic lodge.

    Please take a few minutes of your day to share our campaign with your friends and family, we need the support of our community to succeed. Thank you for your ongoing support!

  • 08-11-2019

    Donor is Matching Gift Up to $10,000!

    Double your impact with this matching gift opportunity!

    Our crowdfunding campaign through the The Local Crowd Upper Valley kicks off today and we are excited to share our news! A generous Upper Valley resident is matching gifts up to $10,000 and your donations are automatically doubled!

    What is our crowdfunding campaign about? A large section of the mountain facing wall is being rebuilt due to rot. We are taking this opportunity to become more energy efficient by installing:

    • Energy efficient windows and doors
    • Spray foam insulation with an improved R-value
    • Light fixtures with LED bulbs
    • New entry vestibule to reduce heat loss
    • Fireplace insert to improve heating efficiency

    We are already at 23% of our campaign goal and we need your help to keep the momentum going! Your donations to our crowdfunding campaign help us become more energy efficient, reduce operational costs for the lodge, and improve your comfort in the lodge. Please take a few minutes and share our campaign with your family and friends.

    We greatly appreciate the generosity of everyone who has already donated and thank you for your continued support!

    P.S. Did you see the snow falling yesterday? We sure did and are counting down to opening day!

  • 09-11-2019

    Wow! We are at 75% of our goal!

    Thank you to everyone who has been spreading the word on our campaign. We are already at 75% of our goal and have $6,585 left of our matching gift. We would LOVE to exceed our goal and make the fireplace insert a reality. Having a fire roaring in the lodge on cold and windy days will be cozy and will be more efficient than our primary heating system.

    Could you please help us exceed our goal by sharing our campaign with your family and friends? Thank you again for your support, it means the world to us.

    P.S. Check out the snow at the top of Jonah’s Revenge yesterday. We are pretty stoked the weather is getting colder!

  • 10-11-2019

    $5,960 remaining of our matching donation!

    We are blown away by the support of our community and cannot thank everyone enough! We have surpassed the $11,000 mark in our fundraising campaign and with your help, we can keep the momentum going. We still have $5,960 left of our matching donation and we want to earn it all. Please keep sharing our campaign with your family and friends!

    Thank you for supporting our community mountain!

  • 11-11-2019

    Exciting News - insulation has been sprayed in!

    Thanks to the support of our donors and matching gift offer, we secured the funds needed for the insulation to be sprayed into the new wall. We are happy to report that Chey Insulation has already gotten the work done! It is amazing to feel the difference in the temperature of the lodge already. The heat has not been turned on and yet the lodge feels almost WARM!

    While MTD Building Contractors is busy working on the next tasks in the lodge, we are continuing to raise funds. We want to hit our stretch goal and raise another $5,000 from individual donors. This will help us max out the remaining $4,850 in matching donations and afford a fireplace insert in the lodge. This fireplace insert will help improve our heating efficiency and reduce heating costs.

    Thank you for your continued support and for spreading the word about our crowdfunding campaign!

Name Campaign Location Date
Katie Saemann White River Junction, VT December 04, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH December 04, 2019
Lynne Delise Concord, MA December 03, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH December 03, 2019
Christine Spring cambridge, MA December 03, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH December 03, 2019
Walter Scott Cornish, NH December 03, 2019
Enfield, NH December 03, 2019
Paula Tobin Lebanon, NH December 03, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH December 03, 2019
Robert Peterson Grantham, NH December 03, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH December 03, 2019
Gerald Stoops Green Valley, AZ November 28, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 28, 2019
Kevin McGovern Tiverton , RI November 27, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 27, 2019
guyton thorne Manchester, MA November 24, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 24, 2019
Megan OBrien Enfield, NH November 24, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 24, 2019
Eric Janson Lebanon, NH November 23, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 23, 2019
Ryan Aylesworth Enfield, NH November 21, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 21, 2019
Meghan Zimmerman Enfield, NH November 20, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 20, 2019
John Schiffman , NH November 17, 2019
Julio Olimpio South Dartmouth, MA November 15, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 15, 2019
Nancy Smith Enfield, NH November 14, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 14, 2019
Greg Crowley Hanover, NH November 14, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 14, 2019
SARAH PRUNK White River Junction, VT November 14, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 14, 2019
Leah Romano Norwich, VT November 13, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 13, 2019
Jonathan Ames Grantham, NH November 13, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 13, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Cathy Bean Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Anonymous NEWBURYPORT, MA November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
John Whitcomb NEWBURYPORT, MA November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Peter Kidd CHARLOTTE, VT November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
ROBERT SCHOENBERG Brewster, NY November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 12, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 11, 2019
Jeff Hastings Hanover, NH November 11, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 11, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 11, 2019
Andrew Cushing Grafton, NH November 11, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 11, 2019
Megan Kelly Atlanta, GA November 11, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 11, 2019
Patrick Thurston Canaan, NH November 11, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 11, 2019
Bob West , MA November 11, 2019
Reese and Katie Madden Norwich, VT November 11, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 11, 2019
Molly Finger Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Robert Heath Springfield, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Angus Durocher ENFIELD, NH November 10, 2019
Angus Durocher ENFIELD, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Leah Mosenthal White River Junction, VT November 10, 2019
Leah Mosenthal White River Junction, VT November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Matthew Isham Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Lisa Isham ENFIELD, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Hanover, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Joan Frankenstein-Mitchell HANOVER, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Mark Moales Grantham, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Cathy Ross Lebanon, NH November 10, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 10, 2019
Jen Murphy White River Junction, VT November 09, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 09, 2019
David Eastlack Reading, VT November 09, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 09, 2019
Norm Berman Plainfield, NH November 09, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 09, 2019
Anonymous Plainfield, NH November 09, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 09, 2019
Travis Dion Exeter, NH November 09, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 09, 2019
Sean Aubin White River Jct, VT November 09, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 09, 2019
Dominic Albanese Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Brad Hibner West Lebanon, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Rainie Kelly WEST LEBANON, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Steve Patten Excavating LLC ENFIELD, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Brendan von Koss Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Brendan von Koss Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Kimberley Quirk Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Kristal Fresco Newbury, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Michele Ballard Canaan, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
George and Jill Edson Cornish, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Sheila Morse Lebanon, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Samantha House Etna , NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Katherine Stewart Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Christopher Pelland Raynham, MA November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Melissa Robinson Lebanon, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Christopher Laundry Plainfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Keith Bergeron Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Kim Vincent Laramie, WY November 08, 2019
Athos Rassias Hanover, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
David Baillargeon Newbury, NH November 08, 2019
Anonymous Enfield, NH November 08, 2019
Nancy LaRowe Norwich, VT November 04, 2019
Brad Hastings Grafton, NH November 04, 2019
john dow Windsor, Vermont November 04, 2019
Anne Johnson Enfield, NH November 04, 2019
Richard Clapp Naples, FL November 01, 2019
Kim Vincent Laramie, WY November 01, 2019
Douglas Harp Hanover, NH, NH October 30, 2019
Ellen Hackeman Enfield, NH October 30, 2019
James Payne Lebanon, NH October 30, 2019
Ned Waters Quechee, VT October 30, 2019
Steve and Jane Plumley Enfield, NH October 29, 2019
Holly West Enfield, NH October 28, 2019
MTD Building Contractors , NH October 17, 2019

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