With the U.S. government shutdown now approaching 40 days, two resorts in Vermont—Mad River Glen and Sugarbush—and Mt. Hood Meadows in Oregon have decided to offer free skiing to all furloughed federal employees until the government resumes normal operations.
Mad River Glen in Fayston, Vermont, began offering free skiing to all furloughed employees on January 22. According to Mad River Glen, "the idea came about when a furloughed worker called the ski area to ask if there were any discounts offered to government workers." Mad River Glen then took it upon themselves to create a program that would positively serve furloughed skiers.
In order to participate at Mad River Glen, federal employees must show a furlough notice letter and a federal ID to receive their free lift ticket. The offer is only valid every midweek day "until the shutdown comes to and end."
"This is a difficult situation for many families around the country and the last thing we want to to do is make light of it in any way or have it viewed as some kind of publicity stunt. This really is a very sad state of affairs and we want to show our support for these federal employees," stated Mad River Glen in a press release.
At Sugarbush Resort, 14 minutes from Mad River Glen in Warren, Vermont, federally employed skiers can also enjoy free skiing. Sugarbush is even extending the offer to the employee's immediate family.
Angel Fire Resort in New Mexico is also offering a ticket promotion for federal employees.
Mt. Hood Meadows in Mount Hood, Oregon, is offering free midweek skiing to federal workers effected by the government shutdown, too.
"We would prefer that these dedicated employees were back at their jobs and getting our government working again. But in the interim, we would like to provide enrichment with a day on the mountain,” stated Dave Tragethon, Mt. Hood Meadow’s VP of sales and marketing, in a press release.