THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN AT SUN SPOT LODGE, AND EVERYBODY SAYS MAN, IT’S GETS YOU THERE IN A HURRY. CAN’T WAIT TO CHECK IT OUT. BUT GOOD OUTSIDE AS OPPOSED TO A CHAIR LIFT. THE CHILLIEST DIP AROUND IS BACK. LAST DECEMBER THE POLAR PLUNGE AT EVERGREEN LAKE WAS CANCELED DUE TO WARM WEATHER. YEAH, IT WAS NEARLY CANCELED AGAIN THIS YEAR, BUT A NONPROFIT AND OUR ALAN GIONET CAME TOGETHER TO KEEP THE TRADITION ALIVE. MACKENZIE O’KEEFE REPORTS. REPORTER: THE POLAR PLUNGE IS BACK THIS YEAR THANKS TO SO MANY PEOPLE COMING TOGETHER, SO PAIR THAT UP WITH SKATING HERE AT EVERGREEN LAKE AND YOU HAVE A GREAT WAY TO KICKOFF THE NEW YEAR WHILE ALSO HELPING OTHERS IN THIS COMMUNITY. WHEN THE ACTIVE FOR ALL FOUNDATION NONPROFIT HEARD THE PLUNGE WOULD BE CANCELED, THEY KNEW THEY HAD TO STEP IN, AND NOW THE TRADITION OF PEOPLE JUMPING INTO THE FRIGID LAKE WILL BE BACK ON NEW YEAR’S DAY. IT WAS SO COLD BUT WE’LL DO IT AGAIN! REPORTER: THE MONEY RAISED GOES TOWARD SCHOLARSHIPS TO HELP FINANCIALLY CHALLENGED FAMILIES TAKE PART IN DIFFERENT ACTIVITIES AND ALSO FUNDS VERY IMPORTANT PROGRAMS THROUGH EVERGREEN PARKS AND RECREATION. ONE OF THE PROGRAM S IS CALLED INSPIRE AND HELPS INDIVIDUALS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS GET INVOLVED IN OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES LIKE SKATING. WE COULD SEE WHY SO MANY PEOPLE ARE COMING TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE PROGRAMS THROUGH THE PLUNGE TODAY. ICE SKATING IS SLICK AND VERY SLIPPERY AND I CAN SAY IT’S THE BEST DAY I EVER SPENT IN MY WHOLE LIFE. THERE’S A HIGH COST TO IT BECAUSE YOU NEED A LOT OF STAFF TO SUPPORT THE PARTICIPANTS, SO, UM, THIS WAY WITH FUNDING WE CAN DO WONDERFUL PROGRAMS LIKE LIVING SKILLS, JOB TRAINING, GO TO A ROCKIES GAME, DO CAMPS, JUST MAKE A BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE FOR ALL PEOPLE. IT’S JUST GREAT. YOU SEE THEIR EYES LIGHT UP, AND IT’S AMAZING. IT’S JUST A GREAT FEELING. REPORTER: THE EVERGREEN LAKE PLUNGE WILL BE ON NEW YEAR’S DAY AT NOON. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP TO TAKE PART IN THIS OR OF COURSE YOU CAN ALSO SPONSOR

Evergreen Lake Opening Friday For Ice Skating; Icy Plunge Days Away
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