Tupper Lake Officers of the Tupper Lake Middle/High School Ski Club gave a presentation to the Tupper Lake Central School Board April 2 about their activities this past winter.
The unusually warm weather prevented Tupper Lake students from skiing at the Big Tupper Ski Area as often as they would have liked, and they were forced to travel to ski centers in the region that offered snowmaking. Big Tupper does not.
“Ski Club is a great opportunity for students,” said student Skylar Trivieri, who was vice president of the club this year and will be president next year. “For many students, it is their only opportunity to ski other mountains besides Big Tupper. This year, the mountain was barely ever open because of a lack of snow.”
There are 56 members in the Ski Club, and it is open to students in grades 7-12 for ski trips to Titus Mountain near Malone and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington. The end-of-the-season ski trip to Killington, Vt. was open for students in grades 9-12. Each mountain has something different to offer, as far as skiing and snowboarding skills on a variety of terrain.
Membership in the Ski Club gives students a more affordable skiing option, according to Trivieri. Normally the lift tickets are expensive, but at Whiteface Mountain, members only had to pay $30.
“The Ski Club helps students become good at an activity that will serve them their whole life, and it’s also a great way to get outside during the winter because I know if I wasn’t a skier, I would get bored sitting inside,” Trivieri said.
Lauren Bouck, was the Ski Club treasurer and will be vice president next year.
“Ski Club teaches every single kid a different lesson every time you go,” Bouck said. “You get to interact with people you don’t normally see at school. You get to meet them and enjoy their personality and learn who they really are.”
Ski Club members also learned proper ski etiquette, according to Bouck. Two other Ski Club officers helped with the presentation: Paige Luton (secretary) and Alexa Shumway (new treasurer).