Despite a rain dampened event this year there was plenty of success thanks to those who helped. Paul and I realize not everyone can make it every time or every year. Having a large group of volunteers to call upon is what makes it possible to carry SFY forward. Spike would be so pleased.
This year we restricted youth from participation if they attended in previous years. We wanted our focus to return to introducing skiing to true beginners as was the original intent. The decision could not have been more timely given the lack of snow/terrain.
There were 90 youth registered by the deadline. 86 were signed up for the first Sunday. But when it became evident to us terrain was limited we decided those registrations coming in the last two days before the deadline would be restricted to attending only on the second and third Sundays. This affected 10 youth. We hoped the weather would change and more snow could be made. In stead it rained. Of the 76 who could have come, 66 showed up. 84 were signed up for the second Sunday. About five came but since we decided to not have lessons I did not keep track. GPSA was gracious in that the youth were offered SFY discounted lift tickets if they wanted to stay and ski. 83 were signed up for the third Sunday, 49 showed up.
As much as I find it rewarding to introduce skiing to the youth I also take great gratification in all of you who make it possible.
Ski for Youth is always looking for volunteers. If you are interested in participating next year please contact us at You do not have to be an expert skier or a trained ski instructor. Ski for Youth offers a clinic for their volunteers each year that will give you the knowledge that you need to teach a young beginner to ski.