Ouray school “Cross Country Ski Program”

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Student mounting new ski equipment.

Thanks to the generous gift from the “George” fund, Ouray School was able to purchase 8 complete sets of brand new ski equipment (skis, boots, poles, bindings). This gear will bring years of support to our school’s cross country skiing program.

The 5th and 6th grade classes embark on an annual trip to ski Ironton Park just below Red Mountain Pass.  We are able to outfit up to 25 students in proper fitting gear so they can enjoy a day learning to ski with their friends. This year marks the 9th consecutive year that we have taken our younger students out.

The High School Outdoor Education class makes extensive use of the ski gear during the early weeks of winter. We count on 12 to 15 days of activities that use the ski gear, from skinning up Corkscrew Gulch to track races around the Townsite loop. Before this new purchase, we were severely lacking in the small adult sizes. Our new gear focused on the sizes needed by larger elementary students and smaller high school students. We now have and excellent spread of quality ski gear that can be used far into the future.

Several of our staff members have made cross country skiing a part of their active winter life. We are fortunate to be able to allow the new equipment to be lent out for short term use by our faculty and staff.

A very big Thank You to George Gardner Scholarship Fund.

Eric Fagrelius

Ouray School teacher and director of Outdoor Education Program

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Cross country class skiing at Ironton Park.