Big Sky Resort will host the ninth annual Turkey for a Ticket at the Madison Base Area on Dec. 11.

The event encourages guests to give to the local food banks in exchange for a free day of skiing. The Turkey for a Ticket food-raiser will help Gallatin Valley Food Bank, Madison Valley Food Bank, and the Big Sky Food Bank provide food for people and families in need this holiday season.

Starting at 8:30 a.m., Turkey for a Ticket allows participants to receive a free lift ticket valid for the day of the event in exchange for a minimum 13-pound frozen turkey or 20 cans of non-perishable food. The food banks are in need of specific canned items including fruit, tuna, chili, tomato sauce, and soups.

“We look forward to the Turkey for a Ticket event because it is our chance to guarantee that the shelves will be filled throughout the rest of the year,” said Sarah Gaither, Big Sky Community Food Bank operations manager. “Because of these Turkey for a Ticket reserves, we are able to cut down on food-purchase costs and focus our funds on keeping the lights on and refrigerators running.”

Since the inaugural event in 2007, Turkey for a Ticket has collected nearly 200,000 pounds of food for local area food banks. As the holidays approach, the need in the area food banks increases. Big Sky Resort hopes to incentivize community members to donate items to the food banks in exchange for day lift tickets to the resort.

Gold, Bronze, and Moonlight Area Season Pass holders are encouraged to give in exchange for a $20 Moonride demo ski or snowboard rental which can be used between Dec. 11 and 25, 2015.

“We continue to see nearly 3,000 individuals a month, and the Turkey for a Ticket Food Drive helps us meet the ongoing need, said Gallatin Valley Food Bank Operations Manager Jill Holder. “We are grateful for such a giving community.”

Food bank trucks, volunteers, and Big Sky Resort staff will be at the Madison Base Area of Big Sky Resort at 8:30 a.m. on Dec. 11 to accept donations.

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