Meeting held to attract teen skiers

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Students who want to become a part of this year's high school ski team should show up for a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday in the Steamboat Springs High School commons area.

"This meeting is a chance to get kids who are not normally involved with the Winter Sports Club into the pipeline," said Todd Wilson, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club nordic director.

The high school skiing program features Alpine and Nordic teams, which compete at a number of events during the winter season. The state championships typically take place in February.

Monday's meeting will include both groups and is a basic introduction to the team. Coaches will cover the season, what they expect from athletes and what new athletes can expect from the program.

The Alpine team will continue to be coached by Chris Arnis. Barry Smith will step in to run the Nordic side.

Wilson said that any high school skier can come out and experience the team's first week of practice without making a commitment. The athletes will be required to sign a Winter Sports Club waiver but can practice and work with the coaches.

The Nordic program will begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday, and the Alpine program's first meeting will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The teams will meet at Howelsen Hill Lodge.

--To reach John F. Russell call 871-4209

or e-mail jrussell@steamboatpilot.com

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