What is the Fox Lane Ski Club and Can Any Local Kids Join?
(Originally published in Bedford Magazine December-November, 2016)
If you ski the northeast, there’s a good chance you’ve seen cheerful groups zip by wearing white armbands emblazoned with “Fox Lane Ski Club” and the familiar Fox Lane fox. Founded by a group of parents in 1963, the club guides 150 to 300 students on six annual expeditions to Belleayre, Windham, Jiminy Peak, and Okemo, overseen by a team of volunteer chaperones.
Despite its name, the club is not officially affiliated with Fox Lane Middle or High School. Registration is open to any student from sixth to 12th grade with a Bedford Central School District address. Beyond its inclusivity, the keys to FLSC’s popularity are affordability (trips cost $80 each, with $10 lessons available) and safety (members are restricted to Green and Blue trails before passing a Club-administered ski test, helmets are mandatory, and equipment must be certified by an accredited ski shop).
While snowboarders are now well-represented, (the club’s classic logo was amended last winter to include a boarder), little else has changed since its founding. The FLSC remains strictly revenue-neutral and volunteer-run. Christina Dochtermann, President of the Fox Lane Ski Club and proud mother of two members, calls it “a shining example of the Bedford community.”
Membership registration for the 2016–17 season opens November 1 on foxlaneskiclub.com and is a highly anticipated event. Last winter, the 250-member limit was reached in less than a week, though membership was extended to 300 students thanks to an uptick in volunteer chaperone interest. Mark your calendars and sharpen your edges!