Countywide Teen Ski Trip Gets Bumped for Makeup Day

November 30th, 2009 by Kim Lenz

The Wintergreen Ski Resort runs will be teeming with York County teens come Feb. 1.

This month’s nor’easter wrecked many people’s plans, cancelled schools and closed offices across the region. But last week, the storm almost ruined a beloved high school activity: York County Parks and Recreation’s annual countywide ski trip.

The York County School Board voted Monday to make up a day of school missed because of the storm on Jan. 29, previously scheduled to be a day off. Now, students will be attending school for a half day and taking exams on Jan. 29, according to the district’s Community and Public Relations Coordinator Betsy Overkamp-Smith.

Luckily for students, Parks and Recreation already had a back-up date scheduled for the popular trip, says Youth Commission Staff Liaison Rick Smethurst. The ski trip, co-sponsored by the department and the Youth Commission, will now take place on Monday, Feb. 1. High school students throughout the county are invited to take a ski trip to Wintergreen Resort. Charter buses transport the students, who pay $86 for their lift ticket, ski/snowboard rental and beginners lesson. Students also have the option of paying $69, which does not include the equipment rental and lesson.

The trip is in its 10th year and Smethurst says it has only grown in popularity. Ten years ago, about 43 students traveled on one bus to the resort. Last year, the department booked four buses, with between 160 and 175 students on the trip. He says the special ticket price is a good deal for students.

The Feb. 1 make-up date was the only one, he says, so if York County has to make up another day of school, the trip will be cancelled. Mid-February is typically the busiest time of the ski season, Smethurst says, so it would become impossible to get reduced rates.

Although the original date of Jan. 29 is listed in the Parks and Recreation program calendar, the correct date is now on all registration forms. Registration forms are available in York County high schools, public libraries, the Parks and Recreation office or online by clicking here. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information or to purchase a gift certificate for the trip, call (757) 890-3500.

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