The dedication of the new Norm Wight Ski Slope on January 16th will be a “dream come true” for those of us who grew up skiing as a direct result of Dublin School’s commitment to skiing. My own father, Buddy Bates ’53, spent almost every winter afternoon out on the various school trails that he and his schoolmates helped to cut. In the old days the students would play soccer through the month of October and then cut trails for the ski season until the snow arrived. At one point the school had three ski lifts on either side of the road to Harrisville, and there are even stories of ski races that went right across the road! My father passed along his love of skiing to my brother, sister and me, and for us it is in many ways “a way of life.”
One of the major figures in Dublin School’s history who is most responsible for the success and growth of skiing at Dublin was Norm “Pro” Wight. “Pro” taught many classes of Dublin students not just the technique of skiing, but the joy of flying through the woods at breakneck speeds with two wooden boards strapped to your feet. For a young person it is hard to replicate the feeling of freedom that this experience provides. When we decided to bring alpine skiing back to our campus this year we could think of no better person to honor through naming the slope than Norm Wight.
On Sunday the 16th we will have a series of events for alumni, faculty, students, and parents to celebrate “Pro” and the seventy- five year old tradition of skiing at Dublin School. We hope you can join us! Please check the website next week for any updates.
-Head of School Brad Bates