WENATCHEE — On April 30, Mission Ridge Ski and Board Resort received national recognition for the second consecutive year for their Learn to Ski/Snowboard Freedom Pass program.

This week, Mission Ridge representatives will be attending the National Ski Area Association (NSAA) conference in Scottsdale, Ariz., where they are one of three finalists for the nationwide Conversion Cup award. The award is given out annually to the ski resort that develops the best product or program geared toward attracting newcomers to the sports of skiing and snowboarding and providing them with the opportunity to truly become a “skier” or “snowboarder”.

Mission Ridge’s Freedom Pass program, in its second season, provided unlimited beginner lessons, gear rentals, and beginner terrain access for the entire season for just $159. The program is designed to give new skiers and snowboarders the opportunity to transition from never having skied or snowboarded to feeling confident in their abilities and excited to explore more of the mountain.