NJSki Carina McClean, left, and classmates at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, Kayla Leon and Denlie Cadangan, stretch before skiing at the National Winter Activity Center.Aristide Economopoulos | NJ Advance Media

A “never-ever” before skier, 17-year-old Cherish Jenkins, went gliding down the ski and snowboard learning area at the National Winter Activity Center, natural as could be.

Outfitted with a snowboard and boots, plus matching black ski pants and jacket provided by the center, Jenkins was on the slopes that chilly day earlier this month in Vernon Township, at what the NWAC says is the only non-profit ski area in the United States.

But the Lincoln High School junior from Jersey City looked as relaxed and balanced as many of the baggy-clad young dudes who regularly ride the trails and terrain parks at Vernon’s other, commercial ski area, Mountain Creek.

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