Ski and Snowboard Program
Starting in January each year, students in third through ninth grade enjoy the tradition of a once-weekly ski day. Students follow a half-day academic schedule and then head to Mt. Peter for an afternoon filled with skiing and snowboarding. Students are split into groups based by experience levels, working together and individually to master their skills on the slopes.
The ski program at Tuxedo Park School is more than just an enjoyable addition to the winter athletics program. Students begin their afternoons taking lessons from Mt. Peter ski instructors, working on individual skills, and pairing off with "ski buddies," giving everyone the opportunity to work and play together.
The ski program concludes in February of each year with Ski Race Day. During this day, all students race for Green and Gold points and the coveted Jake Shepard Ski Bowl. Parents, faculty, and friends of TPS come together to cheer on students, whether it is their first time racing or they have previously competed. Race Day is a treasured community tradition!
Along with weekly visits to Mt. Peter, students in seventh through ninth grade participate in an overnight ski trip to Gore Mountain, New York. This three-day, two-night trip is a highlight for upper school students as they take some time away from academics and trade in their textbooks for team building activities and full-days on the mountain. Skiing, snowboarding, tubing, snowshoeing, and hot cocoa by the fire are some of the many highlights of this experience.
The idea of weekly ski days began in the winter of 1963 under Headmaster John A. Shepard. During that first season, only a few students knew how to ski and found that skiing wasn't going to be an easy sport to learn. They realized that it took stamina and patience, as well as dedication and commitment to practice.
After that first winter term on the slopes, many of the students who had never skied gained significant skill and looked forward to Thursday afternoons on the slopes. After two or three seasons, skiing became quite competitive among the student body and was the new favorite sport during the winter term.
A prize bowl was initiated in 1968 and continues to be awarded to this day.
Ski Race Day was a great day to finish up this year's ski program, and it was a close one - Green Team 70 – Gold Team 65. All skiers and boarders tried their best on both of the courses at Mount Peter. The fastest skiers, who won the Jake Shepard Ski Award, were Ben K. (seventh grade) and Megan D. (eighth grade). Congratulations to both of them.