Local snowboarders need a place to sit

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By Gabriel Vasquez

Cleaning out your garage?

Replacing your snowboarding equipment in the off-season?

Here’s a chance to put your old snowboards to good use.

A team of kids from the Los Alamos Youth Leadership (LAYL) program has volunteered to build benches for Pajarito Mountain Ski Area out of old snowboards.

Benches will make it easier for snowboarders to buckle in when they get off the lift, said snowboarder and Team XTC (Extremely Cool) member Arianna Rowberry, 17.

“There isn’t really a good place to sit down and strap in at the top of each chair,” she said. “This is a really big activity for the youth around town.”

Team XTC members presented the idea to Pajarito Mountain’s board of directors, who were positive about the project.

The board has agreed to help pay for materials like wood and hardware, and Team XTC will contribute the labor – but snowboards are needed to get the project started.

“People should help contribute to a really great cause that will make the ski hill a more enjoyable place,” Rowberry said.

The group hopes to build 10 benches, allowing for two benches to be placed at the top of each lift. It will need at least 20 boards, although members hope to get more.

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