BY JOHN LUND
Wyoming County Press Examiner
As the winter season officially approaches, ski clubs around Wyoming County are preparing for another run at the slopes.
The Keystone College ski club, known as the Keystone Snow Team, will meet from noon to 10 p.m. on Sundays, starting Jan. 26.
The team currently consists of 33 people and has planned six trips to Montage Mountain in Scranton. Students who join the club will receive discounts through the school, as well as a trip to Stowe, Vt., on March 8-12.
There will also be themed costume contests within the six trips.
Club adviser Bre Reynolds can be contacted at email@example.com.
The Elk Lake ski club, advised by Craig Good, will be taking trips throughout the winter months. The club consists of members from grades seven through 12.
Elk Lake will take its trips in January and February to Elk Mountain in Uniondale.
Lackawanna Trail’s ski club will be making trips to Montage Mountain and Elk Mountain throughout the season and a planned trip to Vermont in January.
After the retirement of Joan Horwatt, the team is now advised by John Brander, Deb Joyce, Tom Lengel and Sandy Spott.
The trips will take place between January and March. Trail students ski on Thursday nights after departing from the high school at 3 p.m. and returning to the school around 10:30 p.m.
Trail ski club will travel to Elk Mountain for two day trips and three night trips as part of a discounted package, and to Montage Mountain for six night trips. The Ski Club will also travel to Jay Peak Resort in Vermont for two weeks of skiing in the last week of January
The clubs consists of students in grades seven through 12, along with some parents and faculty members.
The Tunkhannock Area ski club is advised by Doug Wilson, with his wife, Ali, and Kyle Snover as co-advisers.
Wilson is now in his fourth year as adviser with a club that 52 members, the largest group since Wilson took over in 2010.
The club will be making seven consecutive Thursday trips to Elk Mountain after returning from Christmas break.
Wilson said though the night skiing at Elk is a bit limited, the club loves going there because of the challenging terrain and better conditions.
Also, the group is attempting a trip to Stowe Mountain in Vermont on Feb. 28, but 20-25 students will need to sign up to make the trip affordable.
Wilson said that even though the cost of skiing is rising, he still believes it is a great activity to be involved in during the cold and dark winter months, and that a lot of students who hit the slopes early graduate as confident and solid skiers and snowboarders.