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Ski Cubs

Are you or someone you know interested in joining Ski Cubs next year (January 2015), or do you know a group of deserving youth that should join us? If so, please contact outreach@catamounttrail.org or call 802-864-5794. 

 

It’s a wrap! The 2014 Ski Cubs season was a great success thanks to all our participants, mentors, chaperones and sponsors.  Even with variable snow conditions at the beginning of the season, we were able to find snow each week thanks to the incredible snow making and grooming at Sleepy Hollow Inn, Ski and Bike Center and Bolton Valley Nordic Center.  Participants from Rock Point School, Winooski Youth Programs, Hunt Middle School and the Howard Center enjoyed six weeks of beginner nordic ski instruction, as well as time getting to explore Vermont during the winter.  Ski Cubs also ran a school-based program with Robinson Elementary School in Starksboro, VT, creating a successful model for potential future school collaborations. The DREAM mentoring program and Vermont Works for Women also participated in one time Ski Cubs events.  

Visit our Facebook album and Blog to see photos from this season and read about what we were up to on Saturday mornings all winter, as well as our end of season visual report. We hope to see everyone again in 2015! Happy trails, and in the meantime, don’t hesitate to be in touch

 

Catamount Trail Ski Cubs Learn-to-Ski Program

 

Mission
We strongly believe that introducing youth to the sport of cross-county skiing helps to raise healthier families and communities in Vermont. However, there are many families who do not have the resources or time to engage in the sport of cross-country skiing. With the knowledge of these limitations and a profound desire to share the benefits of skiing with others, the CTA has launched a free, youth skiing program in the Burlington area to focus on the importance of active lifestyles and provide a fun alternative to indoor entertainment. 

Our hope is that through our program, youth will develop an affinity for outdoor recreation and natural areas, and will want to continue to ski with their friends and families so as to spread the joy of skiing. 

 

History
In the 2011 pilot season, the CTA worked with 5 Burlington area youth organizations, teaching a total of 60 young people (ages 8 to 14) to ski, from countries such as Ethiopia, Sudan, Former Yugoslavia, Kenya, and Nepal.  75% had never skied before and 100% expressed a desire to continue skiing in the future!  In 2012, the CTA expanded the Ski Cubs program with the purchase of GPS and snowshoes to further develop our environmental education program.  

 

Program Structure
In 2013 we altered the structure of our program to offer more time on snow for our youth. We now offer Ski Cubs as a Saturday program over 6 Saturdays in January and February. We offer bus transportation to and from Burlington, although we welcome groups from surrounding areas as well! The program runs from 9am-12pm at Bolton Valley Nordic Center (Sleepy Hollow as well during poor snow conditions) and is 100% free of charge, including equipment, instruction, ski pass and snacks. All instruction is done by volunteers. Each day includes fun games on skis, skill building, environmental education and skiing along the Bolton Valley Nordic trails. Each group of participating youth must be accompanied by one or more adult chaperones from their organization. If there is an individual youth interested participating, they either must participate with a mentor, or we are happy to make other arrangements if need be. We do this to ensure continual participation throughout the 6 weeks, and for transportation safety reasons.  

 

Volunteering with the Ski Cubs
If you are interested in volunteering with this program, please contact outreach@catamounttrail.org. We are looking for helpers with experience in the following areas:

  • cross-country skiing,
  • working with children ages 8 to 18
  • environmental education
  • commitment to a minimum of 2 weeks of the program, but 3+ is desired. 

 

Enjoy Videos from Past Ski Cubs Seasons