by Mindy Eggleston and Brandy Baker
The snow was melting fast, the sun was shining bright, and we had a fantastic last day of skiing on April 1st with five of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Cross Country Ski team members! Skiing with such high level and international skiers was new and exciting for everyone! Thank you to the UAF Ski team (Jonas Loeffler, Kenny Brewer, Martina Himma, Ann-Cathrin Uhl, and Christina Turman – Interim head Coach) for traveling down to Delta to ski with us!
2015 marked the 6th year for Ski Club in conjunction with the Delta/Greely School District and this year partnering with MWR, Youth Services at Ft. Greely! In order for skiing to take place many things need to come into play!
We need skiers & instructors – The program serviced 60 skiers, grades 2-8, this season with 16 volunteer ski instructors and 3 student helpers.
We need gear – Through donations and purchasing we now have over 100 pairs of boots and 85 pairs of skis. We need space to store gear and an area to ski – Thank you Delta/ Greely School District and Deltana Fair Board.
The trails need to be packed and groomed – Thank you Bill Todd and Gene Eggleston.
The skiers need to be informed and transported – Thank you Delta/Greely office staff and First Student busing. Numerous parent and community volunteers to manage the sheer numbers of students coming and going, gearing up and getting out the door to ski
– Thank you. Pictures – Thank you Cindy Aillaud for our club photo.
Refreshments for 60 students that have just skied 1.5 hours and need refueling – Thank you parents that filled that huge job! Thank you to all of the students that participated you all were amazing skiers this year!