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Snow Lover’s Trivia: Willard Mountain offers friendly ski community

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It is a big plus to be part of the local, little ski area.

Take, for instance, Willard Mountain in New York’s Capital Region. Not only do you enjoy personal customer service, you join a community.

Safe with friends at Willard, a little freedom can be allowed for 9-14 yr.-olds. Willard’s vertical is approximately 500 feet, standing at the base your children can be spotted on the hill. If you cannot see them, soon you will.

According to Beth Kuzmich, Willard Mountain Ski Instructor, “There is a good chance your children’s high school principal or friends’ parents are on the mountain too!”

Beth, Willard Ski Instructor, was recently asked to do private lessons with a young girl. That day Beth was in the parking lot and noticed a family needing assistance carting equipment to the lodge. She proceeded to help them. Afterwards, Beth discovered that the one girl with them was whom she would be instructing. This personal attention is prevalent. When hauling kids and stuff at Willard I myself have been asked, “May I give you a hand?”

Bringing little children to the little area Willard, while older child are in lessons, is not daunting. If my two and a-half year-old, Rozlynn, tries to run she cannot get far. Willard staff or parents I know say with an understanding smile, “she went that-a-way!”

Willard’s lodge provides a friendly-cozy atmosphere, great for making connections and visiting. If you like alone time, Wi-Fi is available.

As part of the “Willard Family,” our son, Ethan, is in the Star Program and we have season passes. Ethan started in the Little Colonel Program, ages 4-7, and now has moved up to the Star Program. Ethan’s instructor, Todd, is teaching Ethan parallel skiing. Willard, like other small areas, concentrates on instruction and excels. Ethan’s instructor says he knows five fun ways to teach kids parallel (probably more). I have witnessed Ethan’s progress. He is beginning to use his edges in a wide parallel stance, racer style. My future Olympian!

Willard sends kids every year for a free ride to college through their Race Team? Last year, they sent three - two boys and girl. Willard competes!

The following is an account by Cindy Wian.

“I packed up my two kids and we headed to Willard for our first ski of the season. My husband was out of town, so what usually is a team effort to pack up all of our gear and get there, was all on me. I was feeling quite proud of my work as we arrived, carried our bags into the lodge, purchased our lift tickets, geared up and headed out. All ready to go. I watched my eight yr-old and 10 yr-old snap into their skis and prepare to ski toward the lifts, when it dawned on me that the reason my boots weren’t snapping in to my skies was because I had put on my husband’s boot! I should have known they weren’t mine. Arghhhh!”

“Thankfully, Willard is the friendliest mountain I know. I approached the lift pass counter with my disappointed children to request an extension to our half day pass so I could drive home and get my boots, and without the slightest hesitation, Kris offered me a comp rental so we could get right out to the slopes without another moment’s delay.”

“Thank you Kris and Chic Wilson (owner/operators) for providing great service and making Willard the best little family ski mountain for miles around!”

To find out more, visit the facility website at www.willardmountain.com, where there is always a message from Jeff Fitzgerald, General Manager.

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