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Midnight skiing only open 16 days

To the editor:

When I get home after school, I do my homework, eat dinner, and when everything is done, I like to go ski at Crotched Mountain. There has been a lot of controversy regarding the lights at Crotched, and I’m here to explain why that is unnecessary.

There are 365 days in a year. In a good year, Crotched Mountain is only open typically 100 days. Midnight Madness happens for roughly eight weeks, which is when skiers and riders are allowed to ski until three in the morning, requiring lights. This happens twice a week; Friday and Saturday nights. Eight weeks times two nights equals 16 nights; 365 days minus 16 nights equals 349 evenings where there is no night skiing after nine.

Most everyone I know is inside either in bed, or reading, or maybe watching TV late in the evening, but there are the skiers and snowboarders who go to Crotched for great skiing and riding, and also because they may not be able to ski during the day because of work or school. Some people like to do tricks, like jumps and rails, and other like going fast. Start modifying the lights and you increase the risk of having injuries. Injured people might be unable to be seen by ski patrol because the lights are modified, and because some people wanted to be able to see the stars at one in the morning in the 10 degree weather.

During the winter, most days tend to be cloudy, since in winter it snows. The 275 days of the year that are not winter, the conditions are fairly warm, the sky is mostly clear, and the stars are beautiful, and all we ask is to have our night skiing, riding, and 16 evenings of Midnight Madness.

Joe Dupont-Roche, 13


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