About 2023 Moonlight Challenge

Join us for an evening of friendly competition on the slopes, all in the name of supporting young Mainers fighting cancer and blood disorders.

Since 2015, the Moonlight Challenge has raised nearly half a million dollars to support the life-saving work of Maine Children’s Cancer Program—an achievement that would not be possible without the support of our event goers, sponsors, and volunteers. 

This year, we’re excited to return to an in-person event at Pleasant Mountain (formerly Shawnee Peak—expect the same family friendly-fun and awesome conditions we all know and love!). Individuals and teams of four will compete for the fastest time on the giant slalom course, followed by an après-ski party with dinner, live music, and dancing at Blizzard’s Pub.

We hope you’ll join us this year for an evening of fun on the slopes of Pleasant Mountain—and what we hope to be a milestone year as we seek to surpass $500,000 in cumulative funds raised through the Moonlight Challenge.

Recruit your team today or sign up as an individual to make a difference for local kids!

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​Our online auction & raffle is live until Friday, February 10th at 9:00pm! Regardless of whether you plan to join us at the mountain, this is the perfect way to get involved. Visit https://www.32auctions.com/MLC2023 to browse and bid on local goods, experiences, getaways and more!


Starts at:  February 10, 2023 4:30 PM
Ends at:  February 10, 2023 9:00 PM


Pleasant Mountain Ski Area
119 Mountain Road
Bridgton,ME 04009 USA


Grace Jandro
(207) 662-6274

Meet our Slalom Superstar, Aaron!

In July of 2020, Aaron’s family began to notice changes that were unusual for an otherwise active and healthy teenager. After a trip to their local emergency room, bloodwork indicated that Aaron might have leukemia. That night, Aaron arrived at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital where Dr. Weiss was waiting for him, and the unthinkable was confirmed—Aaron was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia.

Amidst all of the fear and uncertainty, Dr. Weiss’ words gave them the confidence to face the long treatment road ahead: “We know how to treat this, and we do so successfully all the time.”

According to Aaron’s mother, Alisa, “The road has featured hills and valleys. Even without complications, the treatment protocol depletes patients of their strength and energy, and Aaron was no exception. Still, he showed enormous grit throughout, and for that we credit not only Aaron’s inner strength but also the environment of MCCP and BBCH. Every member of the care team is exceptional at what they do. They are immensely skilled, and their competence inspires the confidence and hope that their patients need to overcome their disease.

Aaron finished his treatment last November, and we feel so lucky to be celebrating this milestone. He is now a thriving sophomore. He’s a leader on his rowing team, he’s excelling academically, and he’s even driving with a permit. None of this—none of it—would have been possible without Maine Children’s Cancer Program and their excellent care for Aaron. We are forever in their debt.”