Ski Team Wish List

The work of the foundation is about filling in gaps, providing more for the team and seeking out ways to support the team. The following is a wish list of items the volunteers and the board would like for the team. The approximate cost and quantity desired is listed in each item’s description. The PayPal links allow you to designate your gift where you would most like to support the team. Thanks!

brush gatesBrush Gates

We use brushes for a variety of drills including shaping turns, learning about timing in our turns and marking corridors. Brushes can be skied over without worrying about interfering with the general public; so they are great for training on slopes with other skiers like Orchard or Appaltizer. We have a small collection but would like to add to it by 48.

stubbiesStubbie Gates

Stubbies are short, soft rubber gates. Stubbies are used in training in place of tall gates to encourage kids to ski a closer line. The volunteer coaches especially like stubbies because one person can grab an armful and a drill and have a course set in by themselves in twenty minutes. We have 24. That is enough for single poles from the top of Appal. We would like to add an additional 24 to give us the ability to set double gates or set multiple courses.

junior slalom gatesJunior Slalom Gates

The gates we have were donated years ago to the ski team. On race day we use most all of the gates. It would be good to start building a quiver of gates to replace the existing as they become worn out. We would like to build a new set of 30.

warm up capeWarm-up Capes

These capes are used for keeping the kids warm at the start while waiting in line for their turn to race. On the blustery race days the kids from Beech and Sugar look awfully snug in their capes. Our team has about 90 kids on it but we typically only have around 20 at the start at one time.

Coaches Race Day Lift Tickets

When we visit another mountain for a race, the host mountain gives the visiting team two lift tickets for their coaches. Two coaches seems inadequate to us with so many kids. It would be great if our race day coaches didn’t have to pay for their own lift ticket before volunteering to spend the day with our kids. Two extra coaches at four away races makes for eight lift tickets the coaches are buying.

headset communicationsHeadset Communications

We borrowed a set from Beech last year and were truly impressed. The headsets provide a hardwired connection between the person at the start and the person working the timer at the finish. Communicating directly without the radio interference or trying to hear over the back ground chatter of the surrounding kids and coaches was so nice.


Skiing is costly. We recognize that fact. Part of the mission of the foundation is to provide scholarship to those in need. There are kids we know and kids whom we don’t know yet whose family struggle to divert the necessary funds for their kids to ski race. This year we have provided scholarships through the generosity of French Swiss and Appalachian. We would like for the foundation to be able to add to and expand those efforts in the future. Any amount given is needed and appreciated.

General Fund

Money donated to our general fund goes to support the business end of the volunteer non-profit, pay for the little things and help underwrite the cost of some big things. Some are mundane things like paying for hosting of the websites or accounting. The more glamorous things on which we plan to spend money again include organizing day long training opportunities.