TAMWORTH

Outing Club

Junior Ski Program

The TOC has been giving ski instruction to Tamworth school children for more than 75 years. The program started on Page Hill, with a ski slope and a rope tow that was maintained by the club. In this writer's first memories of the program, the youngest kids took lessons in Dr. Remick’s pasture and then “graduated” to Page Hill after achieving some level of proficiency. As the Mt. Whittier Ski Area grew, the program moved there and, when it closed, to its current location at King Pine Ski Area. Throughout these changes the dedication of the many volunteers has remained constant.

On Friday afternoons, for a seven week season each winter, any interested children in grades one through eight are released from school and bused to the ski area or, in the case of the cross-country skiers, to some local trails for instruction. From first-time skiers and snowboarders to accomplished junior racers, the Tamworth Outing Club can accommodate them all.

The TOC now partners with the Eastern Slopes Ski Club (the other historic club offering ski instruction) mainly for their insurance coverage, but also for their instructor clinics and an end-of-season fun day for all area schools. This has become an expensive program and recently the Tamworth Foundation has helped make it possible.

It takes a tremendous team effort to make it all happen. There is registering the children at school, hiring the buses, getting chaperones to ride the buses, helping kids rent equipment when needed, preparing snacks for when they come in to warm up and making sure they all get home safely, as well as finding qualified volunteer instructors.

With Tamworth’s continued support, our children will enjoy this program for many more decades to come!

 

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