Once again, the Nazzaro Center teamed up with the Police Athletic League (PAL) and the North End Athletic Association (NEAA) to provide families and friends of the North End with an incredible grand finale to the center’s ski program: a weekend of skiing at arguably the best ski resort in the east, Killington Mountain. After various day trips run by the center to different peaks in New England, the Nazzaro Center’s annual weekend, program-ending outing is always one of the most anticipated events of the year, and this season’s getaway was even more anticipated than usual.
Although it wasn’t as snowy a winter as 2015 in Boston, northern Vermont saw storm after storm in 2016-17, providing the Nazzaro-ites taking part in this year’s junket with copious amounts of snow on the slopes, even after the calendar said spring had sprung. Having become an annual tradition going back 18 years, this year’s outing was the biggest yet, with 74 people participating. And being spring in New England, it wasn’t too surprising to see a mix of sun, wind, snow, fog, warm temperatures, and frigid air all within the 48 hours the group was in Vermont. The skiing was first rate and the accommodations were all that could be desired for families and young children. The Chalet Killington, where the Nazzaro contingent commandeered 25 of the 29 rooms, provided warm, clean rooms, all with televisions; a common area surrounding a beautiful fireplace with a big HD screen above it; game rooms featuring ping-pong and pool tables; a sauna and indoor jacuzzi; and the most popular amenity of them all, an outdoor heated pool. Special thanks to Billy Stoddard of PAL and Teddy Tomasone from the NEAA for continuing to make this unique trip possible year after year at very family-friendly prices.