Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Cumberland Youth Skiing Wrap-Up

The Youth Ski Program is winding down for the season. The last day of the program will be Thursday, March 6th. On Tuesday, March 4th, we will have a year end program wrap-up/pizza party at the Wilson School cafeteria in Cumberland. The party will start after the Tuesday practice; it’ll run approximately from 5:30-6:30. For the party, please ensure that the kids are wearing shoes, not ski boots.

Pizza will be supplied for the event. Molly Montgomery will be sending out an email to see if anyone wants to contribute additional items such as salads, juice, or desserts. For accuracy, please RSVP via email to

We have had a great season! Kids who were beginners are now very comfortable with the aspects of skiing. Several kids who never on skied prior to the program and are now able to enjoy the sport, hopefully for many years to come. Many of these new skiers have brought their parents out to ski to enjoy the outdoors. In addition, thirteen kids from Southern Maine will attend the Bill Koch Ski Festival held this weekend at Gunstock, New Hampshire.

We had sixty six skiers signed up for the program and we averaged fifty-five skiers per practice. We had twelve parent/mentor/coaches that need to be thanked for their efforts. The coaches were there to provide support, instruction, and served as snowball targets throughout the season. At the conclusion of the season, the Cumberland Youth Skiing program will have had over 700 cross country skier visits to Twin Brook throughout the session.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to the success of the program including Cumberland Recreation and Healthy Hometowns for facilitating the ski lease program.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Week of 2/18 Update

We had two great days of skiing last week. The snow conditions were excellent, the kids had a great time. There will not be any Youth Skiing sessions this week during vacation. We will reconvene again on Tuesday, February 26th.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Thursday, February 7, 2008

2/7/08 Ski Practice Cancelled

With the school cancellations, slippery roads, and high winds later today, practice for today will be cancelled. I've always been bull headed about driving in slippery conditions, especially to go ski! In light of recent circumstances, I need to be reminded that driving in the winter is dangerous. Have a good day, be safe. If you have a little bit of space outside, put on your skis, build a jump, and have fun!

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Monday, February 4, 2008

Youth Skiing for 2/5/08

Dear Cumberland Youth Skiers and Families:

I hope you all enjoyed the Spring Weekend. It was nice but it has put a damper on the skiing. I spoke with Bill Landis today (Monday). The skiing has improved since last Thursday and the conditions are safe. However, there is a forecast of sleet, changing to a wintery mix, and finally changing to all rain on Tuesday morning. Bill Landis will check Twin Brook at Noon on Tuesday. He will make the determination on whether we'll have practice on Tuesday. I will send out an email at that time. It will also be posted at If you're unable to access a computer please call Cumberland Recreation at 829-2208 after 12:00 on Tuesday to see if the Youth Skiing session will happen. I appreciate your patience and I apologize for any inconvenience.