Ski clubs merge
A merger between two of North Tahoe’s oldest alpine ski teams has saved one program and provided a new training opportunity for the other.
The Alpine Meadows ski team and the Auburn Ski Club ski team will be one from next season.
The program will be called the Auburn Ski Club’s Alpine Meadows Ski Team, said its director, Chuck Latimer, with the Auburn Ski Club.
The agreement was pieced together over the past eight months, and was finalized last Wednesday, Latimer said.
The idea for a merger came about as the Auburn Ski Club ski team program was being evaluated by an internal committee, and the Alpine Meadows ski team was trying to find a new administrative structure.
Last fall, Latimer and Alpine Meadows head coach Greg Jones got together and discussed the possibility of a confluence of the two ski teams.
At the time, it seemed improbable that a merger would work, said Latimer. However, as time went on, it became clear to Latimer and Jones that the needs of the two programs were compatible.
The Auburn program, based at Boreal, was looking to develop a big mountain site for training with the goals of producing international standard racers, and the Alpine Meadows program was looking for an administrative structure to oversee its training and funding activities.
“The merger is a win-win for both programs,” Latimer said.
The merger came at just the right time for the Alpine Meadows ski team, said Jones.
In recent years, Alpine Meadows Ski Corporation had administered the operations of the Alpine Meadows ski team.
Last year, the ski corporation asked the
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