Dry Hill Instructors A Diverse Bunch

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Fresh snow and clear skies: the perfect time to hit the slopes.

That's what brings people from all over to ski in Watertown.

The same goes for the instructors at Dry Hill Ski Area. They come from all walks of life. Some, like 15 year old Cole Plante, are young.

"Being 15, people don't always take you seriously when they're older than you," Plante said, "but when they do, it really works out for the best."

And some , like Red Oeschger, are a little more seasoned.

"I'm 70 and I intend to keep doing this as long as my knees hold together," he said.

The team of instructors at Dry Hill are a diverse bunch.

Some are north country natives, but many come from around the rest of the country.

"My ski school staff and my snowboard staff are one huge family," said snow sports director Jamey Howe.

"We share the knowledge, the technical ability and the passion for this sport," he said.

The training program to groom these instructors has been -- by all accounts -- an effective one.

Of the nearly 60 instructors at Dry Hill, almost half are certified -- and nationally recognized -- as professional ski and snowboard instructors.

"It's really important that we do the job well, and that our people are trained well, because their first experience on a ski slope is going to be with this instructor and if they don't do the job right, they might not like it, and we want them to like it," said Dry Hill owner Tim McAtee.

The push has been on the last few years to bring more certified instructors to Dry Hill.

It's paid off, as they now say it's one of the only family ski slopes in the area to have so many -- and they hope to keep it that way.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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