The Silver State Vertical Drop is an annual ski competition and community fundraising event put on by the Silver State Hotshots, a Carson City-based wildfire suppression crew. Justin Cutler, captain of the Silver State Hotshots, began the event in 2008 and it has taken place each year, this year being the 12th.
Individuals or teams of 3-5 compete to safely ski as much vertical feet as possible in a 4-hour time period. There are individual prizes for those who finish in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, and a team prize for 1st place. In the past, these prizes have been donated to us from companies such as Moment Skis, Patagonia, and Smith Optics.
All proceeds from the Silver State Vertical Drop go to the Wild land Firefighter Foundation—a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that provides support firefighters and their families in times of crisis. Today, the Vertical Drop is the longest running fundraiser that supports the Wild land Firefighter Foundation.
Check out theverticaldrop.org for details and tickets as we get closer to the event!