Youth Enrichment Services (YES), a Boston nonprofit organization, will bring 60 urban youth to each Mount Sunapee Resort and Ski Ward this winter for the first time in many years. The youth are a part of YES’s Operation SnowSports program for Boston children and teens ages 7-18.
YES’s Operation SnowSports program gives urban youth the opportunity to gain new experiences in the great outdoors, interact with positive role models, and learn to ski and snowboard. Youth receive ski and snowboard equipment, lift tickets, lessons, and transportation to and from the mountain for a fraction of the cost through YES. Trained YES staff and volunteers supervise and teach the youth. Mount Sunapee will provide lift tickets for YES youth and volunteers, giving YES the ability to offer low cost programming to low and moderate income kids and teens in Boston.
“We are very excited about these new 2013 partnerships,” says YES Executive Director, Bryan Van Dorpe. “The proximity of Mount Sunapee and Ski Ward to Boston will make them great locations for our YES Kids to learn how to ski and snowboard. We could not serve over 900 youth each winter without generous partners like these new resorts.”
Other mountain partners for the 2012-2013 season include Ski Butternut, Blue Hills Ski Area, Cannon Mountain, Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort, Loon Mountain, Nashoba Valley, New England Disabled Sports, Pats Peak Ski Area, Pico Mountain Resort, Sugarbush Snow Resort, Sugarloaf Mountain Resort, Wachusett Mountain Ski Area, and Waterville Valley Ski Resort.