Ski runs raise money for lights (3/18/10)

March 18, 2010

Champlain Valley Union High alpine ski coach Mike Minnerly likes his athletes to make plenty of downhill runs, but Sunday at Cochran’s Ski Area might have been a little much.

But as a result, $11,000 was raised for lights at the facility operated by Vermont’s first family of skiing.

According to Minnerly, some 43 adults and ski team members from CVU and Mount Mansfield Union High turned out for the fund-raiser, which the coach said “went great” despite being “a little wet.”

He said that over the two hours, the skiers traversed 1 million vertical feet in 1,667 runs.

Ski area officials hope to have the lights installed in time for next winter’s ski season.

The lighting, while a major benefit to the ski area, will also help the area’s high school alpine teams.

“In the past we have had to have our team leave school early for practice sessions during the week, not to mention weekday meets around the state,” Minnerly said. “Now we can practice at night and keep the kids in school.”

Additional information on the fund drive and the lights can be found online at


— Mal Boright, Observer correspondent