The city budget, much like the weather, seems unpredictable in these days of challenges and changes. However, Como Park’s Alpine Ski and Snowboard program and the Cross Country Ski program survived the recent round of budget cuts and St. Paul Parks and Recreation has just announced that online registration is now open for lessons this winter.
Lessons take place on Mount Como, the 80-foot vertical slope located in the heart of the golf course (west of the Summer Clubhouse /Winter Chalet at 1431 North Lexington Parkway). It features a lighted tow rope, snowmaking and grooming. The cross-country ski trails weave through the flat areas and consist of a 1.7K loop of lighted trail for beginner-level skiing and 5K of intermediate/advanced-level groomed classic and skate style trails.
Como Park makes these winter sports affordable and accessible. The cost of renting equipment from the Como Park Ski Center Chalet and paying for a rope tow ticket is less than half the price of destinations such as Afton or Buck Hill. The location is convenient for city and many suburban residents.
Lessons with trained instructors are also affordable and recommended as a way to learn and practice the skills that make these winter sports safe and fun. For over forty-five years, the ski program has offered lessons, for ages four and above. Adults may learn along with the kids or choose an adults-only class. Students with special needs are welcome. Contact Adaptive Recreation at 651-793-6634 for more information.
Introductory Clinics will take place on December 27, 28 and 29. Weekly lessons start after January 1. St. Paul schools will be sending home the ski lesson catalogue with students later this month. The ski lesson catalogue is also available for download at the St. Paul Parks and Recreation online site.
Beginning as early as December 17 (if the snow flies by then) the hill, trails and facilities will be open. That’s when the building staff will be available for phone calls and walk-in registrations. The chalet is located at 1431 North Lexington Parkway. The phone number is 651-488-9673.
New this year is the Mount Como Booster Club. They have just launched a colorful website with additional information about the ski and snowboard program. For more information or if you would like to join, visit mountcomo.com.
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