2016-11-17 / Outdoors

Sign-up begins for county ski program

The Leelanau 4-H Youth Program is accepting registrations for its annual 4-H Ski and Snowboard program.

The deadline for registration is Monday, Dec. 12.

Conducted at The Homestead resort near Glen Arbor, the program is open to youth in grades 1-12. Beginners as well as advanced skiers and snowboarders are welcome.

The program begins Sunday, Jan. 8 and runs through Feb. 26. However, no classes are held on Jan. 15 or Feb. 19 because of federal holidays on those weekends. There is also a “free ski day” offered to participants on March 5 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., complements of The Homestead.

The program provides participants with six, one-hour group lessons, helping them learn and improve their skills on the slopes. To maximize learning, class size is limited to seven students.

Participants do not need to have their own equipment as there is an option to rent skis or a snowboard. A lift ticket for the program can be purchased as well.

Flyers describing the program and registration procedures have been distributed throughout county schools. Contact the Leelanau County 4-H program at the Michigan State University Extension office in the county Government Center, by phone at 256-9888, or by email to program coordinator Rosali Collier at collierr@msu.edu.

Collier noted that there is a new registration process this year. Families may register and pay online.

Volunteers are being sought as chaperones, who help ski instructors for one hour by taking attendance and providing crowd control, and other tasks. Chaperones are provided free skiing and rentals if needed from 1-6 p.m. each Sunday they work.

Anyone interested may contact Collier at the 4-H office for more information.

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