Skiing in the winterLiving in the heart of NH ski country has real advantages for our students. Fueled by parent and community volunteers, local ski resorts and ski clubs support and promote several opportunities for our children to learn to ski.
“Ski” is a general term and means at least two different types of sports for our students.
Alpine skiing = down hill skiing
Nordic skiing = cross country skiing (Classic and Freestyle/Skate styles)
ESSC, the Eastern Slope (of Mount Washington) Ski Club is the valley-wide ski organization that organizes weekly skiing, all winter, for each elementary school in SAU 9. When we go skiing on Fridays, we call it “ESSC.”
This program is available for grades 1-6 at JGS.
We ALPINE ski at Black Mountain Ski Area on Fridays, 12-2:45.
Beginners are taught to ski. Students with ski experience are grouped by ability and ski with volunteers who continue to guide their skiing ability.
Snow boarding is available as volunteers are available.
Reasonably priced rental equipment is available through the ESSC. This is arranged at the beginning of the season and students can keep the equipment for the duration of the ESSC season. Helmets are often available at a discount through Memorial Hospital and JGS.
Drop skis at school on the rack in front of the Whitney Center by 9 am or leave at the drop off at Black Mountain by noon.
Students dress for skiing, put on their ski boots and ride the bus to the ski area after an early lunch. Pick up is 2:45 at Black Mountain, or you can have your child take the bus home.
This program ends in March at the SAU 9-wide “Snow Day” when schools spend the whole day skiing.
There is no more school-organized skiing on Fridays after “Snow Day.”
Kindergartners are not part of the ESSC program. Depending on the year and availability of one-on-one volunteers, Kindergarten students may go to Black Mountain with their volunteer. More information is available about this, as well.
A note about discipline: Participation in the ESSC program is a privilege and we are guests at the ski areas. School rules, as stated in the Handbook of Expectations, apply while participating in the ESSC program or Kindergarten ski program. The bottom line is this: student skiers are expected to obey their adult volunteers, JGS staff, and ski area personnel at all times. Any misbehavior or disregard of an adult direction is considered unsafe behavior and the child will sit out of the skiing, in the lodge, with a school staff member, ESSC Coordinator, or designated volunteer, for as many runs as the adults deem necessary. Further misbehavior will be reported to the school principal and parents will be called. Together, with the ESSC coordinator, it will be determined whether the student will continue to participate in the ESSC program for the season. Gearing up at school, riding the bus to and from the ski area, getting into groups at the ski area lodge, skiing on the slopes, taking a break in the lodge, and preparing for departure from the ski area are examples of the situations when students are expected to obey the adult volunteers.
NORDIC: 2 opportunities to ski: in PE and after school
1. Jackson Grammar School students Nordic ski in PE class in the winter on Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) trails. Volunteers are encouraged to help with this program. When not skiing in PE, due to poor weather or the schedule, students are expected to have indoor athletic shoes for PE in the Whitney Center.
Drop Nordic skis and poles at Jackson Ski Touring’s wax room/rental shop door by 9 am on PE day.
Reasonably priced and free rental equipment is available from Jackson Ski Touring to JGS students for PE. Arrangements for rental/free use of the equipment is made once, at the beginning of the season.
Students will put on their outdoor layers and ski boots at school and walk over to JSTF. (Unless renting, then they’ll get their boots at JSTF.)
2. JGS volunteers, in partnership with Jackson Ski Touring Foundation (JSTF) coordinate an after school NORDIC program for our students.
This program has run on Thursdays throughout the winter
Reasonably priced and free rental equipment is available from JSTF to JGS students for this afternoon program. Arrangements for rental/free use of the equipment is made once, at the beginning of the season.
Students will learn to ski in two styles over the years with this program: Classic and Skate. Skate is usually taught to solid Classic skiers in grades 2 & 3, but any solid Classic skier can learn, to be determined by the program leader.
All students of all abilities are welcome! Kindergartners need a one-on-one volunteer to participate.
PE and after school Nordic culminates with the Ski-a-Thon, an all-afternoon ski of 1 k laps. JGS students choose a charity to support with the pledges gathered for the number of laps of they do. This is also a major PTO fundraiser. Kindergartners participate in the Ski-
a-Thon without one-on-volunteers, although volunteers are always welcome! There is no more after school ski program after the Ski-a-thon. Scroll down to get the sponsor form and Information and Transportation form - available seasonally.
A note about discipline: Just like participation in the ESSC program, Nordic skiing in the after school program is a privilege and we are guests at Jackson Ski Touring. School rules, as stated in the Handbook of Expectations, apply while participating in any Nordic skiing. The bottom line is this: student skiers are expected to obey their adult volunteers, JGS staff, and JSTG personnel at all times. Any misbehavior or disregard of an adult direction is considered unsafe behavior. Due to the distance covered in the Nordic program and the limited number of volunteers, misbehavior jeopardizes the safety and fun of the group. It will not be tolerated. Misbehavior will be reported to the school principal and parents will be contacted. Together, with the Nordic coordinator, it will be determined whether the student will continue to participate in the Nordic program for the season. Gearing up at school, walking over to JSTF, getting into groups at the lodge, skiing on the trails, taking a break in the lodge, and preparing for departure are examples of the situations when students are expected to obey the adult volunteers.
A lot of equipment is needed to participate in these sports and there are many ways to get it. Numerous ski shops in the area will be happy to sell you new equipment. There are a few that sell used and consignment equipment. Many of the ski areas sell their rentals.
There are two major community ski sales, usually on Veterans’ Day weekend in November. The ESSC hosts a ski equipment sale at the Community Center in North Conway. This has mostly Alpine gear but there is Nordic equipment there, too. Jackson Ski Touring hosts a Nordic equipment sale the same weekend. Watch for announcements for these sales.
Rentals are available from ESSC and JSTF, among other ski shops, and forms for renting will come home in the registration packet at sign up time.
In general, keep in mind this list of necessary gear:
Alpine: helmet, boots, skis, poles (depending on ability.) Heavy snow pants and parka, goggles and ski gloves.
Nordic: boots, skis, poles. Light snow pants or wind pants over poly pro long johns (NOT COTTON!), light parka, hat, gloves.
Please note: Classic and Skate Nordic skiing styles require different boots, poles, and skis. If your child is just learning, you’ll need Classic boots and skis and poles of the correct length. As your child improves he/she will most likely want to learn to Skate ski. That’s another type of boot, ski, pole, and binding.
Within the Nordic equipment world there are different brands with different types of bindings THAT ARE NOT INTERCHANGEABLE. This is a perennial point of discussion amongst Nordic parents, especially when the hand-me-down routine does not proceed as planned! Pay attention that the boots you buy match the bindings on the skis –or vice versa.
JGS students are welcome to participate in the after school soccer program. Parent coach volunteers are always needed and several have carried our school athletes to valley and county championships! Practice takes place on the ball field near the town pond. Parent volunteers help the younger students boot up and walk them to the field. Practice usually runs from after school until 4:15. Games usually start at 4. Registration forms and schedules will be sent home with the newsletter. JGS teams are coed and all are encouraged to play.
For Grades K, 1, 2 there is a skills program that meets about once a week after school. These younger players may scrimmage against their peers at Bartlett School once or twice during the season. The goal of this program is to accustom young players to the game of soccer, the moves, the rules, the vocabulary. Good teamwork and sportsmanship are the focus. Cleats are not required.
For older players, game uniform jerseys and shorts are provided. Families provide the red soccer socks and cleats. Mouth guards are required for games. Parents are responsible for arranging transportation for their player to games.
Grades 3 & 4 team up for twice weekly practice after school. The goal of this program is to continue practice of soccer skills, foster teamwork and encourage good sportsmanship. These soccer players will have games against other SAU 9 schools.
Grades 5 & 6 also team up for twice-weekly practice and games. They, too, will practice soccer skills, teamwork and good sportsmanship. These soccer players will have games against other SAU 9 schools and may participate in county-wide tournaments.
Whittaker Woods Field – first left after railroad tracks as you go into North Conway
Schouler Park Field – main green/park in center of North Conway
Bartlett Big Field – at the Bartlett School
Bartlett Back Field – behind the Bartlett School
Black Fly Field – past the Bartlett School, first ball field on the left (park across 302)
Madison Burke Field – Rt 16 South to 113 at Coleman’s --a left turn. Bear right at fork in Madison. Pass school on right, field on right just after.
Tamworth Brett School – Rt 16 South to blinking light at Chocorua on 113. Either over the hill or around, follow to Tamworth village. Turn left still on 113 to follow road to Brett School on left.
Jackson home games for 3/4 and k, 1, 2: on the town field near the pond (2016 JGS 5 & 6 are combined with JBES 5 & 6 - Home=Bartlett Big Field)