FRAMINGHAM – There is a ski club at Walsh Middle School again.
A decade ago, there was an after-school program run by a teacher, and now there is a program on Thursdays completely run by parents.
Organized by parents Laura and Allen Grome, about 40 boys and girls are participating this year.
“We tried to get it started last year, and got off to a late start and the weather didn’t co-operate,” said Grome.
But this year, despite less than ideal weather conditions, the team has already been on the slope three times, including tonight, January 19.
It is a 6-week program at Wachusett Mountain.
Parents paid $95 for the rental of the bus to and from Princeton, said Grome.
“It’s a big charter bus, and we watch a movie,” said Grome.”The kids love it.”
Once at the slopes, the students can ski or snowboard, said Grome.
Once parents paid the bus fee, they could go online and register and pay for their kids for rentals of equipment, lessons, etc.
“We have skiers of all abilities participating, including some kids who have never skied before,” said Grome.
Along with the Gromes, there are couple of other adults who chaperone weekly, both on the slopes and in the lodge.
Last week, it was foggy on the slopes, said Grome, but the kids loved it.
“There were a couple of kids, who were skiing in t-shirts, as the weather was so warm,” she said.
Grome said the program would not be possible, if not for the help of Walsh Middle School administration.
She said they provide storage of the ski equipment at school, which is extremely helpful.