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Watertown City School District launches ski club at Dry Hill

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North country students like Miles Lewis are now getting the chance to learn to ski or snowboard with a discounted price through their school district.

Watertown City School District, in conjunction with Dry Hill Ski Area, is offering students the opportunity to use an asset that is in its own backyard.

A ski club has been started for students who are between the ages of 7 and 18.

Miles’s father, Jim, said it’s a great chance for him to get back on the snowboard too, for the first time in 25 years. He said it’s “frustrating, but it’s all right” getting back to it.

His son has been wanting to try snowboarding for some time, but the weather hasn’t cooperated.

“I’m happy for him. Hopefully he doesn’t get too frustrated,” Jim said. “Hopefully it’s something he can get into because Dry Hill’s close and right in our backyard.”

He said “it’s fantastic” to snowboard with his son and it was something he used to do with his family.

“I grew up skiing here since I was his age, and if I can get him to come out a little bit more, it’d be great,” he said.

Sally Newell-Parker, who helped organize the club for the school district, said it all started with a parent reaching out to the district.

Newell-Parker said they haven’t been able to make it into a sport quite yet, but that is the hope.

She said there are around 20 students who go to Dry Hill on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“They’re hoping it will grow even more, but this is our first year for a trial,” she said.

Parents are required to fill out permission slips and sign in to ParentSquare.

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