2018 Youth Ski Club Announcements

Last year, the Thunder Bay Trails Association (TBTA) was awarded $5500 from the Alpena County Youth and Recreation Fund to form a Youth Cross Country Ski Club for area youth ages 5-17. The TBTA requested funding for six instructional ski sessions on Sundays from January through March. Unfortunately, the mild winter and minimal snowfall, limited the sessions to five. The Alpena County Youth and Recreation Funds were used to pay the cost of the rental ski equipment. The response to the ski program was overwhelming as 46 kids registered and 39-50 kids and parents participated in each session. The Youth Cross Country Ski Club program introduced kids and families to a new healthy winter sport without having to make a large investment in equipment. The TBTA provided groomed ski trails at the Alpena APlex and Alpena Public Golf Course, volunteers to distribute the equipment, instructors, and snacks for the participants. Recently, the TBTA applied for the same Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant to continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in the winter of 2018. Fortunately, the TBTA was awarded the Alpena County Youth and Recreation grant and will continue the Youth Cross Country Ski Club in 2018.

The registration form for the Youth Cross Country Ski Club can be found HERE and TBTA Facebook page. The registration deadline is January 12, 2018 and the first date of instruction begins Sunday, January 21 and continues for six weeks until February 25.  Kids will meet at 2 pm at the Alpena APlex (Woodward Ave). Parents are welcome to join in the fun and learn how to ski as well. Equipment will be distributed on site by Harborside Cycle and Sport and volunteers. Instruction will be provided by veteran adult cross country skiers on groomed trails located behind the APlex. The final Sunday (February 25th) will feature a fun race for the kids. If you are interested in learning more about the Youth Cross Country Ski Club, would like to volunteer, or have kids that would like to join the club, please contact Jeff Blumenthal (blumentj@live.com, 989-471-5457). You may also contact Harborside Cycle and Sport for more information (989-354-4999). See you out on the trails!

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