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Club helps others gear up for the slopes

CHAMPLAIN - This weekend, the North Country Ski and Snowboard Club is helping you gear up and get ready for the slopes.

According to club advisor Charles Roush, the club gives students in grades 5-12 the opportunity to enjoy the snow.

"Our goal is to bring kids from the surrounding area and introduce them to outdoor activities such as skiing and snowboarding at the local resorts," Roush explained. "We're so fortunate to have all these resorts in our backyard, that it gives us an opportunity to get the kids out there on the slopes at an affordable price."

The club, which began in 1965, is set up through the Youth Commission of the town of Champlain and villages of Champlain and Rouses Point. It also brings in Northeastern Clinton Central School students from Mooers.

Six years ago, the club's advisors, Pam and Joe Damour, began a ski fair, which will be held this year at NCCS Saturday, Nov. 6, beginning at 12 p.m.

"What we have are vendors from different ski resort," Roush explained. "You'll have representatives from Titus Mountain, Whiteface, Jay Peak, and Smuggler's Notch there."

Roush explained many of the popular ski resorts offer various giveaways, including season passes.

The other part of the ski fair is a swap shop, which allows people to bring in old equipment to try to sell, with 10 percent of the proceeds benefiting the club for transportation fees.

"Anyone that has older equipment that's still deemed usable on the slopes, it gives them an opportunity to try and sell their stuff at the ski fair," Roush said.

The actual fair is from 1-3:30 p.m., but from 12-1 p.m. those wishing to sell items can bring them in to have them evaluated.

"If someone wants to try to figure out what value they should try to sell it at, we can do that for them," Roush explained.

Another big draw for the ski fair is the raffling of a Burton snowboard.

"One of our chaperones used to work for Burton Snowboards," said Roush. "She decided one day she would check with her employer and see if they would be interested in donating a snowboard to the ski club and they've been doing it ever since."

Tickets for the snowboard, which is valued at $1,000, are one for $5 or five for $20. They can be purchased Lakeside Coffee in Rouses Point, or the day of the event.

For more information, contact Roush at 297-3121.

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