LET THE KIDS SKI
HELP US GAIN EQUAL AND REASONABLE ACCESS.
To: Friends of Bend Endurance Academy and Nordic Ski Fans
From: The Bend Endurance Academy Board of Directors
December 11, 2015
Since its founding in 2009, the Bend Endurance Academy (BEA) has been prohibited by the Mt. Bachelor resort from operating its programs on public lands at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center.
In response, BEA has historically operated its programs at the community-run Meissner Nordic trails instead. As many of you know, tenuous snow conditions at lower-elevation Meissner trails the past several years have begun to impact our BEA Nordic programs. This December, the number of kids enrolled in our Nordic youth program, notably among the youngest school-age groups, is down significantly compared with last year at this time. Some parents have let us know that the uncertainty about snow conditions has discouraged them from enrolling their kids. Some have signed up with MBSEF, the local ski club that enjoys full access to the Mt. Bachelor-managed trails. Sadly, others are simply not going to ski.
Without access to the public lands at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center, BEA’s Nordic programs will reach fewer and fewer kids with each passing year. We believe this would be a wasted opportunity to support local families and BEA’s mission to get kids outside, active, and engaged in our community.
The urgent necessity of moving to higher elevations with snow has prompted the BEA Board of Directors into action. During the last year, the Board has been working to negotiate reasonable and equal access to the public lands at the Mt. Bachelor Nordic Center so that BEA, and the kids we serve, can continue to thrive. To learn more about BEA’s efforts on this front see our Let the Kids Ski Background document. While some progress has been made, it has not been enough.
And now we need your help: