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Popular Watertown Recreation Department program has a lot to offer students from sixth to 12th grade

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The popular Watertown Recreation Department skiing/snowboarding program takes students each Saturday to Wachusett Mountain, which is only an hour away from Watertown.

The popular Watertown Recreation Department skiing/snowboarding program takes students each Saturday to Wachusett Mountain, which is only an hour away from Watertown.

Raider Times photo / Tatum Lee

Raider Times photo / Tatum Lee

The popular Watertown Recreation Department skiing/snowboarding program takes students each Saturday to Wachusett Mountain, which is only an hour away from Watertown.

Tatum Lee, Raider Times correspondent

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    Winter is upon us! This means it’s the perfect time for skiing and snowboarding, and what better way than through the Watertown Recreation Department’s ski/snowboard program?

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner or you’ve been skiing or snowboarding for years, spending your Saturday nights at Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort is loads of fun. You can ski and snowboard with your friends or join a group and make new friends.  Also, Wachusett is only an hour away and you get to watch a movie while riding on the bus. 

Since I did not know how to ski prior to joining the program, I took lessons my first three years until I felt comfortable skiing on the black diamond trails”

    The program is open to any student in Watertown from sixth to 12th grade. Everyone always has a good time because this is a great program and Wachusett Mountain Ski Resort has the equipment to make snow.  

    This will be my eighth year skiing at Wachusett and I love it.  Since I did not know how to ski prior to joining the program, I took lessons my first three years until I felt comfortable skiing on the black diamond trails.

    Skiing down the different trails always gives me a burst of excitement. The best feeling is zipping down the ski trails with the wind whipping my cheeks and getting a bird’s eye view of the mountain. One of the most satisfying sounds that I like to hear while on the slopes is from carving my skis into the mountain. 

    After two hours of skiing and snowboarding, everyone meets inside the ski lodge to warm up and have dinner. The cafeteria offers great foods, like soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, burgers, and many more options. My favorites are the chicken tenders and fries.

    After dinner, everyone goes back to the slopes for some more fun on the mountain. If you’re tired after a few runs, you can get a Belgian waffle and relax by the outdoor fire pit or the indoor fireplaces.

   The 2018 season was supposed to start Saturday, Jan. 6, but has been postponed because of the dangerous cold and wind chill in the forecast. That’s good news for all of the Watertown students who have not signed up yet. For more information or to sign up, contact the Watertown Recreation Department or see Jae Smith at Watertown High School.

–Jan. 5, 2018–

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