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Ski Clubs Ramp up for Ski Season

ECS Ski Club Accepting Applications and Planning VT Trip
Local Sales Offer Bargains

By Eva Potter

The ECS Ski Club is hitting its busy season with sign-ups for their weekly Thursday night ski outings. Forms are available in the high school office. In order to receive the ECS club rate, applications must be turned in. Registration for any of the plans must take place at ECS first, even if students are interested in purchasing combo passes to qualify for the discount. Jackie Paddock in the high school office is handling processing of applications.

Five plans are available ranging from $65 –$200 per person including lessons. Some packages include ski rental equipment, while others apply to those who have their own equipment. The ECS program includes all students in K-12 that would like to participate. The ski club is only open to students at ECS.

For details, visit and click on ECS Ski Club in the center column.

Vermont Ski Trip

Glenn Hall, a middle school science teacher at ECS, is in the process of organizing a Vermont ski trip.

Hall said, “I am looking for interested students to participate in a ski trip during the February break from Feb. 16-24. I am looking for a minimum of 40 students to stabilize costs. If we meet this number or when we get close, I will schedule a request with the Board of Education and then a parent meeting before November.
Areas being considered include Okemo, Mt. Snow, Stowe and possibly others.

He said, “I have contacted three outfits about quotes on prices and so far, depending on components, the package prices I have received start at $330 dollars for a two-ski-day trip and increase based on extras. Included is transportation, lift tickets, lodging and two meals per day. Not included are lunches, en route expenses and souvenirs.” A higher number of students participating will decrease this part of the cost of the trip.

Students interested in helping Hall organize the trip should contact him before Oct. 12. Please email your questions to him at

Local Tent Sale

Gear up at sale prices at Ellicottville area ski sales. New equipment and clothing can be pricey, but hit a few local ski sales for used gear and you may walk away with some tidy bargains. Sometimes proceeds even help support worthy organizations.

The annual Ellicottville Tent Sale takes place at St. John’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Jefferson and Washington streets on Sept. 29–30 from 

10 a.m.–5 p.m., 

Oct. 5 during evening hours, and Oct. 6–7 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Other sales and swaps will be at Holiday Valley’s Creekside Lodge and ski shops all over Ellicottville during Fall Festival Weekend Oct. 5–7, as well as Peek’n Peak inside the Learning Center Oct. 13–14 and Oct. 20–21, Hamburg Fairgrounds Grange Building Oct. 18–20, and Kissing Bridge Nov. 10–11. And remember to buy a helmet, a new one to ensure it will protect you properly!

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