In this episode Nicole and Sarah host ski mom Melanie Drouin, an administrator and ski club advisor at an all girls school in Akron, Ohio. Melanie talks to us about giving back to her local community by getting girls on snow for the first time.
Melanie tell us about some of the barriers the girls face - primarily financial barriers like program costs and the expense of quality ski clothes. We were surprised to learn that after Melanie’s local mountain (Boston Mills Brandywine) was bought by Vail Resorts, the school ski club program was cut down from 2 months to only 5 ski days.
Melanie guides the girls and their families through every step from finding the right gear (base layers, mittens) to walking in ski boots for the first time.
Another challenge Melanie shared is that the girls have trouble finding ski helmets that fit over their braids, beads and other hairstyles that do not seem to be even considered by helmet manufacturers.
Melanie’s family loves skiing at Holiday Valley in Ellicottville, New York which sounds like an amazing family owned ski area and community that we hope to visit some day!
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