The 4th annual Cambridge Area Rotary Ski/Ride/Skate Sale November 19 20

Times and Location: Cambridge Elementary School Drop Off your sale items November 18 6p to 8p

Please bring your used equipment and gently used snow sport clothing. Alpine, telemark, and cross country skis, snowboards, skates, and snowshoes will be sold on consignment. Sellers will receive 80% and 20% will go to the fundraiser. No straight skis! All bindings must be able to pass a safety check. Gently used snow sport clothing

Sale Times: Saturday November 19 9a 3p Sunday November 20 - 10a 2p

A range of snow sport shops will be hand with their inventory for sale too!

Reason for the Sale take a Pause for the Winter Wellness Cause! This Cambridge Area Rotary FUNDraiser is for the Winter Wellness Days at Smuggs and the Community Skating Rink. Over the past 3 years, CAR and Backcountry Magazine has fundraised for Cambridge Elementary School Winter Wellness Days.

Backcountry will hold their annual Barn Bash November 4th. Both groups have been able to raise funds for the Winter Wellness Days at Smugglers Notch for all CES 4th 6th graders. Due to these efforts, and the community support - the students and chaperons, have enjoyed these fun filled days which include a snow sport lesson, lift ticket, and equipment rentals at absolutely no cost to them!

For more information:

Adam Howard 802-644-6606

Sam Lotto 802-793-5509


Before Jeffersonville Skiways,  Madonna Mountain Ski Area, and long before Smugglers' Notch Ski Resort, Cambridge children experienced skiing and other outdoor sports through some variation of the Cambridge Ski and Ride Program.

According to Cambridge resident Muriel Shipman, Ginny Hunt first took her and a gaggle of young skiers on a jaunt through her sugarbush in 1953, and the grassroots program grew from there. Shipman, who later ran the program from the mid 1960s through late 1970s, says the effort was always on the shoulders of volunteers and sponsored by the Cambridge Elementary School. Today the Winter Wellness Days program is sponsored and supported by CES, the Cambridge Area Rotary and Backcountry Magazine. Winter Wellness Days fully subsidizes the cost and provides chaparones for the upper classes at Cambridge Elementary School. This year, with the addition of fourth grade, the program is expected to help over 120 children from 4th through 6th experience the wonder of winter sports on three separate schooldays this winter. 

Over the years, hundreds of kids who may never have had the opportunity learned to ski and snowboard as a result of the efforts of generations of townspeople. One of those lucky children grew up to become Donna (Fletcher) Ebbett, Marketing Director for Garmont, a Williston ski boot manufacturer. "My parents did not ski, and without this program I may never have been introduced to skiing," says Donna. "I have three sisters and all of us now work in the ski industry." So, in addition to promoting healthy lifestyles and an appreciation for the outdoors through skiing and snowboarding, the program has stimulated the area economy and created local employment in the ski industry.