This past Sunday, Oct. 13, Killington Ski Club in conjunction
with Killington Mountain School held their annual hike up to
Killington Peak. For the first time ever, KMS opened up the school
after the hike, for refreshments and activities.
KSC/KMS programs include alpine, freestyle, free-skiing,
and snowboarding. All weekend program participants were expected to
attend the Columbus Day Hike. The invitation also extended to all
parents, siblings and coaches, as well as prospective program
KSC attracts athletes from all over the northeast. "KSC
has been a part of my life since I can remember; my parents were
members before I was born," said Allie Hulsebosch, who travels up
from Mattapoisett, Mass. each weekend over the winter season for
the two-day program. John Bianchi, an alpine skier who will be
starting the five-month winter term this year added that he's
looking forward to a good powder season. And snowboarder, Ryan
Sihler, would like to see more of his friends from Rutland High
School join KSC.
The hike finished around 12-noon, after which KMS hosted a BBQ
lunch. Dryland activities for each program followed, with the
opportunity to make use of the KMS trampoline facility, gym and
campus. Tours of the school were given for those interested.
During the 2007/2008 season, KSC and KMS merged their competition
programs, sharing 90 coaches between them. The Alpine Training
Center on K1 ensures that athletes from both KSC and KMS have a
'home' on the mountain whilst providing an accessible base from
which families, athletes, and program staff can boot up.
KSC acts as a social club where members can store their gear,
whilst providing a positive environment to meet up with friends
before heading out. According to the website, KSC includes some 400
adult and student/family memberships (about 1,000 individuals).
Chuck Hughes, competition program director, received
almost 50 RSVPs, but attendance exceeded expectation. In total,
over 100 people took part in the day's hike and activities.
"Originally the hike was created to give kids an activity over
the busy Ski Swap weekend, but over the years the emphasis has
shifted, and now we are trying to bridge the gap between the KMS
kids and the weekend program kids. By incorporating the hike with
dryland training, and opening KMS, we wanted to show them where all
their hard work will lead to," said Hughes.