Over the next three weeks, Pagosa Springs Middle School students will be signing up to participate in the annual Wolf Creek Ski School program.
According to middle school Principal Chris Hinger, all fifth- through eighth-grade students can learn to ski or snowboard by taking three full-day lessons as part of their educational experience at the middle school.
Each year, approximately 250 to 300 middle school students take to the slopes as part of the program. For some, it is their only chance to enjoy our local ski area.
In a statement to The SUN, Hinger explained, “This program nurtures and develops a life-long fitness activity that will enhance the lives of our students. It exposes students to not only skiing and snowboarding, but to an industry that is vitally important to our mountain community.”
To Hinger, the ski school program exemplifies the Archuleta School District’s goal of cultivating “whole child education.”
“This whole child educational approach ensures that our students grow and develop academically, physically and socially/emotionally. The ski program is an important program that provides our students the opportunity to learn to be fit for life,” Hinger wrote.