Help save  our mountain

To the editor:

Many people are not aware that due to a small number of complaints about the glow from the lights at Crotched Mountain, the mountain could face actual threat of closure. Without night skiing, a small local mountain like Crotched cannot succeed financially.

A whole generation of children has learned to ski (or snowboard!) at Crotched Mountain since it reopened a decade ago. All of our local schools, from tiny Mountain Shadows and The Well School to SMS, Great Brook and ConVal, participate in ski programs, lessons and racing. Peterborough Recreation Department brings hundreds of children every week. The amazing CMARS program provides skiing to people with physical challenges, giving them a chance to fly down the slopes. The Crotched Mountain race team sends racers all over New England.

To lose our mountain would profoundly impact the children and young people of the Monadnock Region, as well as all the adults who grew up skiing and would like to continue. When the lights are on at Crotched Mtn at night, hundreds or even thousands of young people are out there skiing, and I can’t think of anyplace I would rather my teenagers be late at night. Rather than wrecking the neighborhood, I would say the mountain is doing us a public service. Not to mention employing 300 people and bringing in tax revenue and visitors to our valley.

I am profoundly saddened that a small group of people in Francestown seems to feel that their irritation at “the glow” is more important than the providing generations of children of in the Monadnock region with a place to ski and snowboard. If you support our local mountain, please come to the next Francestown Planning Board of Adjustment meeting at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level of the Francestown Town Offices and let yourself be heard.

Jesseca Timmons


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