Letter: Whaleback Will Be Greatly Missed
To the Editor:
When our oldest son was about 3, he overheard my husband and me talk about maybe moving to a different house. He immediately said he wanted to stay in our house “for all days.” His expression came to mind when we learned about Whaleback possibly closing. We want Whaleback to be open “for all days.”
All three of our children learned how to ski at Whaleback. I remember the moment when our oldest, after having said she did not want to learn to ski, completed her first run. She did it! And she loved it. She attended Whaleback’s camps and Mini Core, where she blossomed not just as a skier, but as a tween. Whaleback offered her so many role models — healthy peers; kind, nonjudgmental staff and volunteers; and, of course, first-hand Olympian inspiration to dream big, try your hardest and be the best person you can be.
Our younger two boys know of winter as the time to spend at Whaleback. When the weather changes and the soccer fields are covered with snow, they know it’s time to trade in cleats for ski boots, skis and helmets for skiing at Whaleback. I will remember Magic Carpet rides, Ivory Run, motivating staff and the kindest ski patrol I have ever met.
At a time when public health experts are overwhelmed with trying to manage the obesity epidemic by trying to get kids to be more active and spend more time outdoors, I am overcome with disappointment to hear that Whaleback, which offers a local solution to all of those problems, may close.
Our oldest son has another expression; he will observe when something is, to him, “just my size.” That expression also comes to mind when I think about Whaleback. It is the perfect size for our family. It offers proximity, affordability, safety and variety. But perhaps most of all, we appreciate how individuality is welcome at Whaleback.
Thank you, Whaleback, for contributing to the Upper Valley’s incredible quality of life. We want you to stay open “for all days.”