Students in the Lomira School District will now have the opportunity to hit the slopes later this winter. The School Board approved adding an additional Fund 21 account to start a new club. “We are very excited at the opportunity to give our students here in Lomira the chance to try skiing and snowboarding,” Aniya Langjahr said.
Langjahr, an English teacher in the district, and her husband Robby will be two of the main people helping out with the club. The plan is to offer this opportunity to elementary students up through the high school. “We have many kids in the community who have already tried skiing and snowboarding, but we are catering hopefully to upper elementary to as low as grades three and four,” Langjahr said.
The only requirement to join is the ability for kids to dress themselves and put on their own equipment. The schedule right now is to have four trips (January 14, 28 and February 4, 11) to Little Switzerland in Slinger. “We just want to get the kids exposed to the sport,” Langjahr said. “This is a great opportunity for kids at an economical price.” Prices will vary due to each student’s needs, but the packages range from roughly $40 to $190.
That includes bussing to and from Lomira, lift tickets, rentals and lessons. Busses would leave school around 4 p.m. and would return to the district office by 9 p.m. “We had discussed having one flat rate, but we have some students who will just ride the bus with us while others will need the whole package,” Langjahr said. “It was just really hard to come up with one flat rate because of such a wide range.”
There wil be a mandatory cost for helmets regardless if students have their own equipment or are renting. “We are going to have the requirement of helmets because anyone who rents equipment from Little Switzerland is required to wear a helmet, so that would be an additional $20 if they do not rent and bring their own equipment,” Langjahr said.
“We did this because it’s consistent with their policies and because most who will be joining us are very novice.” The biggest obstacle for the club is getting the necessary number of kids needed to be considered a club. “We need 15 students at a minimum to be considered a ski club to get those rates,” Langjahr said. In addition to the discounted rate through the school, students who join the club will be eligible for special pricing from Little Switzerland.
“What’s really cool is if our students participate, then Little Switzerland will issue them a 60% club card,” Langjahr said. “So if they want to go any other time throughout the season, they have that great rate. It’s really advantageous for everyone.” Langjahr, an avid skier herself, said she feels this club is just the beginning of things to come for the district.
“I consider this stage one really and I am hopeful that we can foster a love of the sport and get kids out,” she said. “I’m hopeful that as my kids grow throughout the school district, that we could entertain the idea of a race either with a co-op program or creating something for ourselves. This is really just the beginning for us.”