With snowflakes still lingering the sun breaks through the clouds for the first time in days, the already wide smiles on faces turn into cheeky grins and parents literally start laughing. There is a large group this Saturday morning, no surprise as a February storm has pounded Kirkwood for days, but the reaction to a little sun on this cold morning leaves me grinning from ear to ear as well.
The JETS are ready to go. The sun triggers the chatter of the groups and the children start planning their escape, scheming with their friends about where they are going to go and what they are going to do that day. Not easy when you have so many options, Kirkwood is a pretty special place and the children know it as much as their parents, maybe more so.
With that a coach and their group slides off, ‘about time’ is all I can hear from their kids, until I hear a ‘what took so long’ as they head to the lift. That signals the exodus, next thing you hear is 100 kids chanting ‘c’mon let’s go’ to their coaches and within a minute they are gone. Parents are left a little dismayed, some got a wave, the lucky ones got a ‘see you later,’ most just got a cursory wave. Their kids have plans, a group of friends and a coach to guide them through all of it.
Right now that is all that matters.
For more information on the JETS Program visit our website.
By Sam Mullens
Kirkwood Ski and Ride School Manager