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Local elementary schools benefit from Share Winter, CCSC partnership

December 23, 2019


THOMPSONVILLE, Mich. – Several local elementary schools will benefit from a grant awarded by the Share Winter Foundation to Crystal Community Ski Club. The grant will help fund ski equipment and instruction, all in an effort to get kids sliding around on snow this winter.

Crystal Community Ski Club’s Nordic Rocks program was recognized by the foundation through a rigorous grant process that honors some of the best winter sports programs in the United States. Nordic Rocks connects youth with winter programming that promotes health, fitness and a lifelong passion for winter activities.

The partnership will fund skis (which do not require special boots), instruction and other program costs for several elementary schools around Crystal Mountain. Kids will be able to play with the skis and slide around on snow during their regularly scheduled recess and PE classes. CCSC instructors will work with teachers and the children on how to use the skis.

“The future of skiing is getting kids on the hills,” Steve Kermode, president of Crystal Community Ski Club, said. “This grant will allow Nordic Rocks to find children who might not otherwise be able to learn how to ski.” 

Schools that will receive equipment and ski coaching include: Betsie Valley School in Thompsonville; Crystal Lake Elementary School in Benzonia; Frankfort Elementary School in Frankfort; Bear Lake Elementary School in Bear Lake; Buckley Elementary School in Buckley; and Lake Ann Elementary School in Interlochen. 

“This grant will allow us to be able to teach a lot of children about the fun and benefit of skiing for many years to come,” Tim Furbacher, Nordic program director and head coach for Crystal Community Ski Club, said. “We’re able to increase the number of schools and number of kids we can reach, thanks to the generosity of Share Winter Foundation.” 

In addition to the in-school Nordic Rocks activities, the grant will include bringing all the students who participated to Crystal Mountain for a half-day graduation event.

Crystal Community Ski Club is a non-profit snow sports club where youth ages 7 to 17 can learn or advance their downhill skiing, snowboarding or cross-country skiing in a fun and encouraging environment.

Share Winter typically funds selected programs for three to five years, helping partners like Crystal Mountain and Crystal Community Ski Club grow while increasing both efficiency and efficacy. This collaboration includes ongoing program monitoring, analysis, thought leadership, and strategic support.

Share Winter also will help implement best practices and industry insights, and share their collective knowledge with the winter sports industry at large.

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About Crystal Mountain:

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort destination located 28 miles southwest of Traverse City and a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. The resort features lodging, dining, downhill and cross-country skiing, two championship golf courses, shopping, award-winning Crystal Spa, Michigan’s only alpine slide, the Park at Water’s Edge, Michigan Legacy Art Park, weddings and a conference center. Visit www.CrystalMountain.com.


About Share Winter:

Share Winter Foundation is a non-profit 501c3 organization with the mission to improve the lives, health and fitness of youth through winter sports. It is a funding organization that provides grants, thought leadership, mentorship and community connection for programs, schools, rec centers and clubs throughout the United States that offer opportunities for children to learn to ski and snowboard. For more information, visit www.sharewinterfoundation.org.

Crystal Mountain Contact:
Sammie Lukaskiewicz, Director of Public Relations
SammieLukaskiewicz@CrystalMountain.com
o: (231) 378-2000 x 2506
m: (517) 673-4177

Photo above: A partnership between Share Winter Foundation and Crystal Community Ski Club will fund skis (which do not require special boots), instruction and other program costs for several elementary schools around Crystal Mountain. Kids will be able to play with the skis and slide around on snow during their regularly scheduled recess and PE classes. CCSC instructors will work with teachers and the children on how to use the skis.

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