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Wachusett Ski Deck Season Ends, Wachusett Ski Area Season Begins

IMG_5535 Wachusett’s portable ski deck introduced skiing and snowboarding to thousands of kids. (Wachusett)

As Wachusett Mountain welcomed its first snow skiers and ‘boarders of the season this weekend, the central Massachusetts ski area closed out a successful summer and fall season introducing thousands of kids to the sport on its customized portable ski deck.

Wachusett Mountain Ski & Snowboard School attended 13 events with the 30-foot ski deck from late July through early November.  They introduced almost 5000 kids (ages 4-12) to the sport on a 3-foot high, 12-foot long ramp that simulated the feel of sliding on snow .  

The busy ski deck schedule ended at the recent Boston.com Ski & Snowboard Expo, where approximately 800 kids tried the sport.

Expert instructors put the kids in gear and guided them on their first glides. (Wachusett)

The traveling ski deck toured family friendly destinations around Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as offering a taste of sliding fun at festivals and special events this fall at Wachusett.  

All in, 4,655 kids experienced skiing or snowboarding – most for the very first time.

“This was the first year we took the deck on the road,” said Ski & Snowboard School Director Thom Norton. “The Big E was one of the highlights when we teamed up with other Massachusetts ski areas and were featured at the Massachusetts State Building on Massachusetts Day. It was a great showcase for why Massachusetts is such a great state to learn to ski or snowboard.”

After trying the ski deck, kids are ready to check out the slopes. (Wachusett)

Each kid who participated got a coupon to come to the mountain during the winter season to try skiing or snowboarding for real in Wachusett’s Polar Kids or Arctic Aces program.

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