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Fred Bailey (bib number 141) is seen during the mass start of a men's race during the U.S. Cross-Country Championships at Black Mountain held in January. (Times photo by Bruce Farrin)
RUMFORD -- Black Mountain of Maine is hosting an eight-week ski camp, beginning on June 25.
Instructing the program will be Fred Bailey, 26, who grew up in Andover and graduated from Colby College.
He has raced for five years with the Maine Winter Sports Center while living in Fort Fairfield. Bailey has now moving back to the area and has come up with this program, which mimics a similar program that was successful in Aroostook County.
Young skiers from the region have been contacted through the mountain, ski coaches and online in the hopes that they will participate in this program.
The program will be held during the mornings between Tuesday and Thursday over the eight weeks. Bailey said there will be two groups, one for ages 12 to 15 and the second for 16 to 18 year olds.
The two-hour sessions include chats about what they do for exercises, diet and general skiing education such as what they need to do to develop a discipline with skiing. The other 90 minutes is full of activity such as jogging, hiking, games to improve skills, technique and balance, as well as the proper way to warm up and cool down.
Bailey indicated that on Monday, June 25, there will be a 7 p.m. meeting at the ski lodge for parents to discuss this program as well as the longterm goals.
Meanwhile, Bailey is still hopeful to becoming a member of the U.S. Ski Team. He will be attending workout trails in Montana this November.
Bailey, skiing for MWSC, competed in the U.S. Cross-Country Championships at Black Mountain in January, placing 54th in the 30K men's classical race.
Roger Arsenault, a BMOM board member, said there will be a followup program with this during the winter. Plans are also in the works next winter for a developmental program for youngsters from ages 6-10.