You know how much I love finding Waterville Valley in the news. I just read a piece in the Concord Monitor about Waterville Valley Elementary School’s unique School on the Mountain program.
“Waterville Valley Elementary School [WVES] just completed its pilot season of one of the country’s most innovative public elementary ski programs in the country, School on the Mountain, a partnership between WVES and the Waterville Valley Resort. Not only did all of the K-8 students learn the joys of alpine skiing, they also learned about the resort town in the White Mountains that they call home – the history of the mountains, ski resorts, and stewardship efforts in the region. What became the School on the Mountain program began as a series of alpine start meetings at 7 a.m. Tuesday morning meetings last summer and fall with WVES principal Gale Adams-Davis, her faculty and staff, and Waterville Valley Resort’s general manager and president Tim Smith, also a parent of WVES second-grade twins. The goal? To connect students, faculty, and staff to the greater community and to nurture an understanding and appreciation for the school’s unique environment and skiing culture. Students in all grades learned about the history of Waterville Valley, animal habitats in New Hampshire, snowmaking on the mountain, resort operations, and marketing. They met with experts in each area, including the resort’s head chef and local scientists – and then broke out into groups to work on related activities by grade. On snow-making day, for example, after the presentation K-3 students read a short story, Snowflake Bentley and played a math game, while older students worked on a water cycle project. In addition to presentations, activities, and school work, students skied and snowboarded with resort instructors, with the littlest skiers learning in small groups, and the older students working on advanced techniques. Contact Gale Adams Davis at 236-4700 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
School principal, Gale Adams-Davis sent me the following photos taken during school on the mountain.