North American Ski Training Center and ARC partner for youth |

North American Ski Training Center and ARC partner for youth

NASTC instructors Kim and Jenny at Sugar Bowl with a group from ARC.
Courtesy NASTC stock |

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — In a community known as being one of the country’s finest outdoor playgrounds, the North American Ski Training Center (NASTC) wants to make sure everybody has an opportunity to enjoy it.

Now in their 21st season of business, the adventure ski school has been working with teens for six years. At NASTC’s “Learn-to-Ski” days, top-notch instructors spend the day at participating resorts teaching local teens to ski, encouraging healthy and active lifestyles, and talking about goal setting, leadership, and teamwork.

The groups are part of UC Berkeley’s Adventure Risk Challenge Program (ARC), whose mission is to improve literacy and life skills, expose youth to a range of natural environments and wilderness experiences, and inspire the confidence they need to envision and accomplish goals, succeed in high school, and become engaged, empowered citizens.

In partnership with Sugar Bowl and Northstar, NASTC offers these learn-to-ski days throughout the season.

In the summers, NASTC and ARC partner up and introduce the students to rock-climbing.

“Our goal is to make the mountains accessible to all, so that the lessons we can learn in the mountains are also available to all. We have the resources in this community to even out the opportunity gaps. We all just need to make it happen,” said NASTC Director Jenny Fellows. “Most of these kids have never had a chance to enjoy the mountains that are right in their own backyards, and might otherwise stay home when they could be out skiing or climbing.”

NASTC’s calendar of adventure ski clinics this year includes Squaw, Sugar Bowl, Alpine Meadows, Northstar, Schweitzer/Selkirk Powder Cats, Snowbird, La Grave (France), Sierra backcountry tours, Mt. Shasta, and Portillo, (Chile).

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