RENO, Nev. - In two weeks more than two thousand kids will take to the slopes at Sky Tavern on Mt. Rose Highway. It's the biggest non-profit junior ski program in the country and it taught hundreds of thousands of people to ski over the last six decades.
“We bring kids in, teach them to ski and they can go wherever they want from there,” Tom Raw of Sky Tavern said. “We try to promote a family-friendly atmosphere here and we like to see moms, dads and kids skiing together.”
The program is still looking for both skiers and instructors.
“We have a lot of kids this year but not as many as we'd like to have so anyone that wants to come and join us would be great,” Sky Kids Director Margo Sistek said.
It's an all-volunteer staff and most come back year after year.
“This program is made of volunteers and for over 60 years we've had volunteers who have stuck with the program for 20 or 30 years,” Raw said. “We've been really lucky in that respect.”
Snowboard instructor Tracey Wotring has been teaching kids of all ages for the last four years.
“I love being up here with the kids,” Wotring said. “What's really great about it is it's a huge family. Your kids are up here and when they're not with you, you know they're with people that care about them and are going to watch them just like you would.”
It's donations that keep the program running year after year.
“We fund everything from the snowblowers to chairlifts to the adaptive program where we help all kinds of children with disabilities,” Snow Sports Director Eric Ruud said. “It's a really great program for those groups.”
You can sign up to ski, instruct or make a donation on Sky Tavern's website. We've put a link on our channel, kolotv.com