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Letter

Mountain makes huge difference

To the editor:

Let’s get down to brass tacks about Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride.

The issue is about the survival of one of the region’s best assets for families and children. I have raised two teenage boys on the mountain. We are very close.

Today in the region there is a serious drug problem. It is here in the region and Crotched Mountain provides the best alternative for kids who want to avoid that culture. I am not talking about marijuana. I am talking about amphetamines, cocaine, ecstasy and heroin.

At some teenage gathering these dangerous drugs are as casual as marijuana was back when I was a teenager. Fortunately my sons avoid these parties. On any evening you can find Crotched Mountain full of teenagers practicing their jumps and racing techniques.

On Friday nights my son would spend two hours preparing his skis for a Saturday race, then get up at 5 a.m. for a two hour drive north to compete. It taught him all the things a young man needs to know to be successful. He made many quality friends at Crotched, the type of kids you want your kids to hang with. He is now a sophomore at UNH with a 3.9 GPA.

Many others have had this positive influence on their lives. One young man I worked with used ski racing to successfully battle leukemia. His mother said it was the high school program at Crotched that gave him the drive to get out of bed on days he just couldn’t. This year he won the state meet and placed second at the Eastern US High School Championships. Another boy with autism participated in the high school program and became a full fledged member of the ConVal Varisty Ski Team. The school wisely used his participation with the team to advance his communication and social skills.

These are only three examples of the positive effect Crotched Mountain Ski and Ride has had on the youth of the region. To get a real feeling of the good done, multiply this by a thousand. We have a true gem here and let’s find a way to keep it.

Tim Farrell

Bennington

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