Morning drop-off was a bit icy this morning especially for the kids at Whitin thanks to mother nature dropping off 4″ of cement-like snow but if you made into the building without injury I would say it was a good sign. Kids are definitely learning the ropes of drop off procedure & dismissal & we have been successful 2 weeks in a row of timely departures. Remember to make sure the kids boards & skis are in bags, we still have a few without.
As you know by now the theme of the Chronicles is to give you useful info about the adventure in a funny way & often at someones else’s expense. This is all in good fun & hopefully makes for a good read. Our own Teddy has made it a point to find his way into the chronicles yet again by boarding the bus at the High School & leaving his bag in the storage closet. Luckily for him I checked the closet before we left, saw the bag & brought it to him on the bus. When asked what were you thinking boarding the bus empty handed his reply was, I thought you got our bags! Love this kid, I am starting to think he is just out to entertain us:)
Upon arrival we unload the bus & the phantom skier from UHS’s bag is still there taunting us all….We just can’t figure out who’s bag it is because naturally it’s not LABELED & nobody has claimed it. The mystery continues for now!
It was a chilly night & Gabe said he forgot his ski pants. In my 15 minute search to see if I could find him a pair he located them in a side pocket of his bag, good thing because lost & found was of no help. Isaac forgot his gloves, thanks to Kayleigh for lending him a pair. Bryce was in need of a neck warmer that Mom apparently did not put in his bag after washing it from last week. I was able to lend him a spare which he tried to give back to me at the end of the night. Luckily Eli intervened & explained that nobody wants a snotty ski mask that someone else has worn all night, hopefully next week it comes back clean & will be available for the next kid who’s Mom forgot to pack his bag. Seriously kids, your responsibility to make sure you have your stuff together, stop blaming your Mom! Please make sure your kids pack extra ski socks, WARM SKI GLOVES OR MITTENS, a few packs of hand warmers, & a face mask. Some kids were not adequately prepared for single digits. Layers are a must & fleece gloves offer zero protection. We love your kids but prefer them outside skiing instead of lounging in the lodge so make sure their bags have extras. Also check to make sure things are still labeled please.
The chaperones enjoyed a few runs tonight & posed for a really nice picture, Eli thought I would really appreciate it. Thanks buddy, it’s ok. I was dealing with – lost ski passes, misplaced skis, someone took my skis, frozen hands, my boots are too small, I need a new lanyard, my stomach hurts, & I have no money for dinner – complaints in the lodge just fine!!! HAAHAHAHA I was warm & toasty all night!
Unfortunately, our weeks-without-an-injury count gets reset back to zero. As the injury train made a stop for 1 of our 7th grade snowboarders with a broken wrist. He was tough though & luckily his Mom was there at the mountain and able to monitor that situation! We all wish you a speedy recovery Ashton!!!
All in all week 3 went very well, the chaperones that are skiing with the kids said the are all progressing nicely & having a blast. Eli said the newbies are making great progress & he is super impressed with all of them. For us that is the best thing to see and hear & is the reason we love coordinating this program. Watching the independence develop, the skills improve, & the confidence gained week to week is really an awesome thing to see. We are very lucky to have such a great group of kids & an amazing crew of dedicated volunteers helping us each week.
In honor of our mentor & past ski club coordinator Mark Francis, Eli took a run down Roper’s Road for you. We would so love for you to make a special appearance, we have a lift pass with your name on it anytime! He is the one that set the bar so high for us to follow & we hope we are doing a good job continuing what he passed on. Having fun, not stressing out, teasing the kids & chaperones & sometimes parents and making ski club something that is like no other group activity run by a few crazy kids at heart!
Lastly, Wonder was an absolute smash hit on the little kids bus!!! Ask them about the kissing scene!!! “Censored!!!!” Apparently the movie hadn’t ended upon arrival & the kids did not want to get off the bus! It’s all Ben talked about when he got home. We are struggling on the 7th-11th grade bus. If anyone has some movies send them along…They requested Ted but I am thinking some parents may not be cool with that! PG13 kids!!!
That’s all for this week. Remember to check the balance on your kids COW cards, let me tell you, they like the food!!! The kids are definitely not going hungry! Also remember to let us know if your child is absent.
See You Next Tuesday!!!
Shelley, Eli, & Jim
Uxbridge Ski & Snowboard Club