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Small ski area, big results
It consists of three trails, two surface lifts, snow-making, lights and a cozy lodge. Despite its size, dozens of teams and even U.S. Ski Team members use it as a training venue for alpine, Nordic and ski jumping.
"We are the only high school in the country to own and operate a private FIS homologated course," said David Salathe, Alpine Program director.
Recently the course was extended to meet the qualifications of a men's FIS homologation. Luckily for Proctor, one of their Eastern Ski Coaches, Sandy Eneguess, had the expertise to run the equipment and the expansion.
Next year's plans are to expand the Nordic track.
Significant improvements in recent years include a state-of-the-art environmentally conscious snowmaking system with high-efficiency snow guns which reduced the ski area's carbon footprint by 90 percent. The installation of lights made Proctor Ski Area the only FIS night course in the country.
Buck Hill, which is smaller than Proctor, was home to ski champion Lindsey Vonn and other professional racers. Last Sunday, Proctor Academy's Crowley Gentile was named the top U16 boy's racer. He will compete with four other Proctor athletes at the Eastern Regional Championships at Lake Placid March 5-10.
"It's the small ski areas that are a laboratory environment where you can focus on fundamentals and not be distracted by the public," Salathe said. "It's a pure venue for perfecting your craft and in essence it's not the size that matters, it comes down to the heart and soul of what it is producing,"
Proctor Ski Area has a certified ski patrol and two groomers, plus a fully functioning lodge that has a neat deck that uses old skis as a railing.
Slopeside runs every Friday during the ski season. Kathleen Humphreys can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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