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Sports archive for February 1, 2013

Record turnout for Ski S’Cool

The Subway Ski S’Cool keeps getting bigger and better.

By Whitehorse Star on February 1, 2013 at 3:26 pm

The Subway Ski S’Cool keeps getting bigger and better.

This year, a record 245 young athletes from six local schools will be hitting the trails

in February to receive healthy doses of fun and snow.

The program was developed to introduce young kindergarten and Grade 1 kids to the sport.  They do a series of weekly lessons with experienced instructors to introduce them to basic ski skills. Each lesson runs for an hour and 15 minutes.

“We will have some kids this year who have been through the program a year ago and it’s amazing how much they retain, even if they haven’t skied since,” said program manager Sarah Murray. “Kids of this age easily pick up ski skills that will be with them for life.”

The school, operated by the Whitehorse Cross Country Ski Club, kicks off today, and runs daily for the next three weeks. It’s a great opportunity for kids who have never been exposed to the sport, with top-notch instructors and good quality equipment provided by the ski club at a nominal cost.

It’s a hectic pace for instructors as well as students, with classes rotating through the club both morning and afternoon. 

“It’s tiring, but the kids are having fun and so are we,” said Murray.

Online registration has begun for the 27th annual Buckwheat Ski Classic, a fund-raiser race set for March 23 in Skagway, Alaska.

Visit http://www.buckwheatskiclassic.com for more information.

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