Woodstock Ski Runners

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WOODSTOCK SKI RUNNERS RECEIVES GRANT FROM KILLINGTON

World Cup committee provides support for Friday Learn-to-Ski Program

South Pomfret, VT (April 9, 2018) Woodstock Ski Runners has been awarded a $25,000 grant by the Killington World Cup Committee (KWCC) to support and enhance our popular Friday Learn-to-Ski Program. 

This generous grant will allow Woodstock Ski Runners to commit to our low $85 Friday Program fee with no increases for five years. Now in its 63rd year, the Friday Program provides low-cost ski instruction to the children of Vermont. This season, 323 children from 16 Vermont schools learned to ski from 80 devoted volunteer instructors.

“The Friday Program is our history,” said Steve Hambsch, President of Woodstock Ski Runners. “We offer fun ski instruction in a safe and welcoming environment. This generous grant from Killington allows us to keep the cost very affordable, and the scholarship will motivate the kids to try racing.”

A new scholarship will also be created for the Friday Program skier most ready to go racing. One Friday participant will be selected each year for the next five years and awarded the KWCC Scholarship to enter our alpine racing program the following season. 

Funds from the KWCC grant will also be applied to our scholarship fund, allowing Ski Runners to continue our mission of ensuring every child that wants to learn to ski has an opportunity to do so. In 2018, Ski Runners provided 37 scholarships, 28 of which included aid for ski equipment.

The entire amount of $25,000 was featured in Ski Runners Annual Appeal fundraising drive as a matching funds incentive, and we are happy to announce that a friend of Woodstock Ski Runners has matched the entire $25,000 grant with a gift of another $25,000. The Woodstock Ski Runners Board of Directors, our members, and our athletes are extremely grateful for the grant from the KWCC and the generous additional gift it inspired.

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About Woodstock Ski Runners

Founded in 1932, Woodstock Ski Runners is one of the oldest ski club in the eastern United States. Today, Woodstock Ski Runners offers both Alpine and Nordic programs for kids ages 6-19. The Alpine and Friday Programs train at the Suicide Six Ski Area while our Nordic Programs train nearby at the beautiful Woodstock Nordic Center.  For more information about Woodstock Ski Runners, please visit www.skirunners.org

About the Killington World Cup Committee

The “Killington World Cup Committee” (KWCC) was created to support the Women's World Cup at Killington and to benefit local and regional youth development programs. The KWCC will work through Killington Resort in various ways including providing support for athlete housing and VIP events. For more information about the KWCC, please visit https://www.killingtonmountainschool.org/kwcc