By Bridget Laird
SLE Outdoor Education Coordinator and Nordic Ski Team Coach 

Building a Ski Team is a Marathon, Not a Sprint


Karen Kovatch

SSHS skier Ella Batchelder enjoys a moment with SLE skiers Owen Hoag and Klayton Kovatch.

SEELEY LAKE - The seeds for the Seeley Lake ski team we know today were unwittingly sown in 2009, when some Seeley moms who loved to ski wanted to get more local kids skiing on our local trails.

One of our first organized outings involved scraping together ski equipment and hosting a family cross-country ski day at The Lodges on Seeley Lake. To our amazement, we had more than 50 Seeley Lakers -- parents, grandparents, toddlers and kids of all ages, show up to ski on the lake, most for their very first time.

Little did we know what we had started! Fast-forward to 2018 and that simple idea...

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