Category Archives: Kids

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.
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Youth Cross Country Ski Club Week 3

Third session of our six week ski club program was a success with a big thank you to Mother Nature for supplying us with just enough snow to pull it off. Thanks to Jeff and Dave Blumenthal, Hal Butler, Wayne Christopherson  and the rest of the Thunder Bay Trails volunteers for sharing your passion and knowledge of cross country skiing with our kids ensuring a life long healthy activity is passed on to the next generation.
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Chocolate Chipp Kids Race – Sept 14th, 2013

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IMBA and NICA Launch Youth-Facing Trail Etiquette Program

NICA Contact: Paul Skilbeck paul@nationalmtb.org 415.516.1444 www.nationalmtb.orgNICA spirit of howdy
IMBA Contact: Mark Eller mark.eller@imba.com 303.545.9011 www.imba.com

IMBA and the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA) are pleased to introduce “The Spirit of Howdy,” a new program designed to teach good trail etiquette and instill the value of public land stewardship.

A website, SpiritOfHowdy.org, offers mountain bike coaches tools for working with young athletes to engender responsible and respectful trail use practices.
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