Winter Sports

In Vermont, there is a unique tradition where elementary school students from across the state put down their books one day a week and participate in Vermont’s traditional outdoor sports . For four or five consecutive weeks in the heart of winter local Vermont schoolchildren get outside and learn to snowboard, ski and skate . If it wasn’t for these school programs it would be financially impossible for many Vermont children to learn to ski.  Even with the very generous discounts provided by local ski areas the fund raising is still extensive and the burden falls on a few committed parents every year.  The winters are long and it is more important than ever to encourage physical activity and enjoyment of the outdoors.

Many people in the Brattleboro area readily credit their experiences while in the lower grades with learning a new life-long sport like ice skating or downhill skiing.  These same folks are very strong supporters of keeping the tradition going for all.

A percentage of the funds each year is given directly to the winter sports program.  This program is conducted in January and February, with children attending their chosen activity for one afternoon each week for four to six weeks (depending on the school).  The sports include:

  • cross country skiing @ the BOC
  • down hill skiing
  • snowboarding
  • contra dancing
  • winter survivalist training
  • tracking
  • ice skating
  • sledding
  • trapeze
  • modern dance and hip hop

(Choices vary each year according to funding and chaperone availability.)