Sierra House second-graders hit the slopes (photo album and video) |

Sierra House second-graders hit the slopes (photo album and video)

Griffin Rogers
Arelynn Jimenez, 8, learns to snowboard at Heavenly Mountain Resort.
Griffin Rogers / Tahoe Daily Tribune |

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — It’s not a typical classroom, but there was plenty of learning happening at Heavenly Mountain Resort beginner hill Wednesday. Sierra House Elementary School second-graders were busy gliding both down and up the short slope, via a standing surface lift, or Magic Carpet, at the resort’s California Lodge. Students in the school’s ski program — now in its second year — learned the basics of skiing and snowboarding with the help of Heavenly’s trained staff. For many children the school program is the first opportunity to try out one of the popular sports. “It’s just a great opportunity for them to be athletic in Tahoe’s outdoors,” Sierra House teacher Vivian Rider said. Heavenly supplies nearly all the equipment needed to get the second-graders out on the hill, where the students then get to learn at their own pace. “It really builds their confidence,” Rider said. “They’re really comfortable, and they’re just having a great time.”

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