Wachusett Combines Skiing, Science

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Princeton, MA, Feb. 5, 2001--Wachusett Mountain Ski Area has always been a leader and an innovator within the ski industry when it comes to environmental programs and conservation initiatives. In 1999, the Skiing Company, publisher of SkiNet.com, SKI Magazine and SKIING Magazine among others, named Wachusett one of the top three ski areas in the country for overall commitment to environmental excellence. Now, the resort has created a program to help increase public awareness of the role that science and nature play in our everyday lives.

"Science on the Slopes," part of Wachusett's Environmental Leadership Academy, is a series of public education workshops and events in collaboration with the Boston Museum of Science, the Mount Washington Observatory, and the Massachusetts Division of Forests and Parks. Topics include the science behind cold temperatures, mountain weather patterns, animal tracking, winter plant identification, and winter hiking safety.

The first program in the series took place in the Museum of Science on Jan. 13, 2000, where the manufacturers of the Backyard Blizzard home snowmaking machines demonstrated how snow is made. The remainder of the workshops will take place through April 2001 in Wachusett's Base Lodge.

Jeff Crowley, president of Wachusett Mountain Associates is "thrilled to create exciting new opportunities for children and families to learn more about nature and the outdoors. "Teaching kids is one of our main missions. It is only natural that we use the mountain to help teach about science, the environment, and the outdoors," added Crowley.

For more information about "Science on the Slopes," including the program schedule throughout the winter, contact Wachusett Mountain Ski Area at (978) 464-2300.