on February 14, 2011
The Explorers visited Pico Mountian for the second time during the weekend of February 4th. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Explorer program, it is a partnership between Pico Mountain and Boston’s Youth Enrichment Services (YES). The program provides an opportunity for inner city teenagers to come to Pico and learn about the snow sports industry.
The program gained six new participants since its introductory weekend. On Saturday, resort managers Matt Porter and Katherine Rockwell welcomed the new Explorers with an introduction to the Ski and Snowboard School and the “Welcome to Pico – The Never Have I Ever Experience”.
On Sunday, Rob Megnin, the Director of Sales and Marketing at Killington and Pico, talked to the group about industry awareness. He allowed the Explorers to guide the discussion. Two of the Explorers expressed interest in engineering, and Rob outlined opportunities within correlating departments. Other Explorers were interested in entrepreneurship. Rob explained the complexities of resort proprietorship.
The Explorers also had the opportunity to shadow three separate resort managers, including Brenda Welch with the Jr. Program, Gunther Sihler in Rentals and Darby Simonds in Retail. But it is not all business; the Explorers were allowed a couple hours of free riding each day.
Mike Akrin, the Youth Development Coordinator for Youth Enrichment Services said “The Explorers came back to Boston full of excitement and appreciation. They seemed emboldened and engaged by the diverse program options that take them out of the classroom and into different learning environments. It doesn't hurt to be on the mountain.”
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