Who we are
Snowdays Foundation is a Portland, Oregon based volunteer organization dedicated to youth empowerment through snowboarding. Our program teaches snowboarding to young people.
Our students come from middle and high schools in challenging neighborhoods, with the lowest academic achievement, the highest poverty rates, and the highest percentage of single-parent households.
Our mission is to provide life skills through snowboarding for middle and high school students.
“By working through challenges on the mountain, students gain self confidence, strengthen friendships, and also have an opportunity to appreciate their natural surroundings. The organizers of Snowdays have all reaped vast benefits from snow sports, learning to respect and care for the mountain environment, understanding the benefits of healthy lifestyle choices, and appreciating the joy that snow sports can bring. It is our hope to pass on this knowledge, excitement, and passion to the students.”
Snowdays is 100% volunteer run by those involved in the snowboard industry or passionate about the benefits of snowboarding.
Snowdays Foundation was founded in 2004 by Portland science teacher, Patrick Edwards, and professional snowboarder, Travis Parker. That year we took up our first group of students to Mt Hood from Jefferson High School.