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Ski school gives city kids their first shot on the slopes

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By TED SHAFFREY
Associated Press

VERNON, N.J. (AP) - An athletic complex in rural New Jersey is giving kids from the New York region an opportunity to do something they can't do at home: learn how to ski.

Schone Malliet is offering students what may be their first chance to train in the winter sport.

Malliet co-founded the National Winter Sports Education Foundation in 2010 to teach kids from the city about skiing, and opened a training complex in Vernon, New Jersey, in the winter of 2014.

The complex provides skis, boots, helmets and warm ski clothes for students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Adult ski instructors help students tackle the slopes.

In addition to encouraging outdoor activity during the winter months and improving children's overall health, Malliet also hopes to increase diversity among winter sports athletes and fans.

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