Anyone fortunate enough to receive ski lessons at an early age is well aware the phrase "pizza, french fries" isn't just contained on school lunch menus.
It's the descriptions ski instructors give to children so they'll remember how to control their speed as they glide down hills: pointing their skis together like a slice of pizza will help them stop, whereas aligning them side by side like two french fries will make them go faster.
The city's annual Junior Ski/Snowboard program again will be offered at Diamond Peak Ski Resort. The program is for young people ages 9 to 18 - or at least in the fourth grade - and includes six Sundays of transportation from the Pony Express Pavilion to the slopes and back, instruction and lift tickets for skiing or snowboarding.
Barbara Singer, the city's recreation superintendent, said, "the Carson City Recreation division has offered a ski program to local youths for 50 years."
Trips to the resort begin Jan. 21, weather permitting. Registration continues through Jan. 17 in the Recreation Division Office in the Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.
Lift-pass pictures will be taken from 3:30 -5:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the Recreation Division Office at the community center.
Cost is $225, which doesn't include equipment or equipment rentals.
Participants that ended last year at a class E or F level may register for this year's program and are not required to take lessons, if their parents approve. They will instead have the option for six full-day lift tickets, including transportation.
New participants interested in this option will have to be tested for skill level beforehand, Singer emphasized.
For details, call the Recreation Department at 887-2290.
• Contact reporter Terri Harber at tharber @nevadaappeal.com or 882-2111, ext. 215.
For your information
WHAT: Junior Ski-Snowboard program
WHEN: Starts Jan. 21
WHERE: Leaves from Pony Express Pavilion for Diamond Peak Ski Resort
DETAILS: Register by Jan. 17