BY JENNIFFER WARDELL
CENTERVILLE – Once the autumn leaves are gone, skiers and snowboarders start to dot the Utah mountainsides.
Centerville will be sending up several of its own as part of their upcoming ski and snowboarding school, which opened for registration Nov. 4. The school is for youth ages 9-17, and offers both a December and January session of classes. Slots for both tend to disappear quickly.
“We usually fill up both sessions without any trouble,” said Lisa Summers, the recreation director for Centerville.
Each day of the ski and snowboard school includes bussing to and from Brighton ski resort, a three-hour lesson, and free skiing for the afternoon or evening. The December session, which runs every Saturday, Dec. 7-21, costs $150. The January session, which runs Friday afternoons and evenings from Jan. 3-24, costs $155.
In the last few years, the school has expanded to offer equipment rental packages at the ski resort as well.
“It’s been a bonus,” said Summers. “They suit the kids right up, and if something breaks it can go right to the fix-it shop.”
Of course, bones are much more difficult to put back together. Summers said that the class has a few buckle fractures each year, caused by students who fall and catch themselves with their hands.
Though the city encourages helmets and includes adult supervisors with the classes, there’s only so much it can do.
“Safety and adult support is something we stress, but this is a dangerous sport,” she said.
The danger factor is one of the reasons that the classes aren’t open to those under the age of 9, despite interest from parents.
“We’ve had calls,” said Summers. “But we feel like we have to stick with an age that’s appropriate for what we’re doing.”
Both sessions include an orientation meeting that parents are required to attend. The first, for the December session, will be held Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Centerville City Hall. The orientation meeting for the January session will be held Dec. 30 at the same time and location.
Registration for the class can be done online at www.xpressrec.com. For more information, visit centervilleut.net/recreation.classes.html#G or call Summers at 801-295-3477.