In 2009 Clint Lunde saw there was a gap in the non-profit world for helping financially underprivileged kids get to the mountains. So, on August 19, 2009 the SkiDUCK idea was born. SkiDUCK’s mission is to help provide skiing and snowboarding for children and teens who otherwise may never have the opportunity to get up to the slopes. In October 2009 the IRS approved SkiDUCK’s non-profit status and then on February 7, 2010 SkiDUCK’s first season was underway. In their first season SkiDUCK helped around underprivileged 130 kids have their first day of skiing or snowboarding for free. Now, seven seasons later, SkiDUCK has helped provide over 2,000 free days of skiing.
SkiDUCK works with youth service organizations to give kids from financially underprivileged families the chance to enjoy the beauty of the mountains and joy of riding on snow. Squaw Valley and other participating Tahoe resorts all generously donate free lift tickets, free rentals, and free lessons.