2017 Lee Vining Elementary School Winter Ski Program

Thank you to Mammoth Mountain Community Foundation for funding Lee Vining Elementary’s 2017 winter ski program! Despite a few weather setbacks, the program was a great success, with 100% participation by our students.

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LVES kids participated in three ski P.E. days at June Mountain on January 26th, March 9th and March 16th. Seventy-seven students (80% of our student body) downhill skied or snowboarded on these days. We had originally scheduled four days of ski P.E. (one in January and three in February) but storms forced us to cancel all of the February dates. We opted to only reschedule 2 days in March because the school administration was concerned about the amount of classroom time missed due to winter weather closures. Students were divided into 11 groups, based on ski experience and skill. Sixty-five students skied and eleven snowboarded. [The LVES winter ski program requires that students are proficient on skis before electing to snowboard.] Six kids were on skis for the first time; for another 14 kids, ski P.E. is the only opportunity each year to get on the mountain. We utilized 5 June Mountain ski/snowboard instructors and 12-14 parents and teachers. On the days that we finally got up on June, we had phenomenal weather!

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On March 2nd, all 96 LVES students traveled to Mammoth for a cross-country/iceskating winter field day. In the morning, the middle-schoolers headed to Tamarack Cross-country Ski Center for a couple hours of skiing while the younger kids skated at the Town of Mammoth Lakes Ice Rink. After lunch, the groups swapped. Last year, a storm prevented the younger grades from participating in the cross-country ski activity. This year, many young students were introduced to cross-country skiing for the first time. Twenty kids opted to not participate in the downhill ski portion of the winter ski program this year; mostly these kids have never been exposed to alpine skiing and aren’t comfortable on the mountain. This Tamarack trip allows all of our students to enjoy skiing together in a non-competitive and relaxed environment.

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This is our second year adding the XC day to our winter ski program. We hope that as more students gain experience on skis, they may be more open to participating in the June Mountain ski P.E. days.

Thank you again to MMCF for their partnership in this program! We would not be able to give this experience to our students without your generous support!!


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