LAKE PLACID – As was the case last March, the coronavirus has once again prevented the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern New York to partner with Andrew Weibrecht and the Mirror Lake Inn Resort and Spa for its annual Ski-For-Wishes Fundraiser. After a successful event in 2019, and cancelled event in 2020, Andrew has temporarily reinvented the concept and is moving forward with his own “Do it Yourself, Ski-For-Wishes COVID-19 Edition”.
An Olympic silver and bronze medalist, Weibrecht, whose family owns the iconic Four Diamond Lake Placid inn in Upstate New York, has created a concept whereby he will ski the summit of all 46 Adirondack peaks for the Albany-based organization. Weibrecht, a Make-A-Wish Foundation of Northeastern New York board member who won Super G medals in 2010 and 2014, has already started the count and intends to complete the final peaks in about one year. His Make-A-Wish event kicks off live on his Facebook and Instagram pages on Friday, March 12.
“It was unfortunate that our best intentions were derailed due to COVID-19,” said Weibrecht. “Knowing 2021 won’t offer a social climate in which we can hold any events this seemed like an opportunity to combine my love of skiing and outdoors with the needs of Make-A-Wish.”
With the support of his long-time partners, Head and Stio (pronounced STEE-oh) will join Weibrecht, the Mirror Lake Inn and Make-A-Wish. Weibrecht won his Olympic silver medal on Head skis, and has been an ambassador for Stio, an authentic outdoor brand based in Jackson Hole, Wyo., the past two years. He will be equipped with both brands as he tackles his Make-A-Wish mission. Head and Stio have pledged their financial and promotional support in this unique venture.
“What started out as a concept I’ve been rolling around in my head gained serious momentum when I presented it to Stio and Head,” added Weibrecht. “It’s exciting when things come together like this and partners, whom you have a history with, jump on board and put their resources behind making it a reality,”
To date, the three-time Olympian has reached 10 Adirondack summits in his quest to conquer all 46 peaks and looks forward to longer days and more stable weather to make a strong push. “Ski mountaineering in the Adirondacks is a special kind of experience. Like with anything you need to respect your limits and understand when the mountains are saying ‘no’.”
“Given the current snow conditions and the depth at the higher elevations, I see no reason not to ski into May,” he continued. “My hope is to cover about half the peaks this season and the remainder next winter. We’ll raise money throughout the entire process, with a goal of positively impacting the Make-A-Wish Foundation and all the great work they do in turning dreams into reality.”