Ann & Jess Carter Talk About Why Carters XC Ski Supports WinterKids

Ann & Jess Carter Talk About Why Carters XC Ski Supports WinterKids

If Carters XC Ski Center, in Bethel, Maine isn’t already on your list of places to get outside this winter, we bet it will be after you watch this video!

Ann & Jess Carter are just as passionate about getting kids outside as we are, and we’re proud to call them a partner! Be sure to check out their most current deal in the WinterKids App, and they will be so happy to welcome you for a fun day on the snow.

“Hi there, this is Jess Carter,”

“and I’m Anne Carter,”

“and we are a mother-daughter team here at Carter’s Cross Country. We wanted to make this video today to tell you about how we support WinterKids. And one thing that I think really stands out in my mind, is that when I was a young kid at our Oxford location, I remember having these Bill Koch ski events races, and all kinds of kids coming from all over the state of Maine and New England to our ski center. Also, when I was growing up, we used to have a lot of after-school ski programs, where we would get on the bus, and we would come to our Carter’s location in Oxford and there would be hundreds of kids out skiing on our trails…(literally hundreds!)…and we would do rentals, and provide a group lesson, and it was just so exciting to get kids out on skis, which then meant that they were right ready to maybe go on to a ski team in junior high or high school. And today, we’re excited to see all the families coming over to our center! Just last week, for example, we had a great family! We put her little daughter, who was about almost three years old, on our old wooden skis and leather boots, and it was just great!

So, I think the reason why we support WinterKids is that we really want to see families getting outside, and we really want to see kids getting on skis at an early age so that they learn those routines early on. So thank you very much for being a part of this, and we hope that you will join us too. And get your winter kids passport (aka the App)!

Thank you!”

To learn more about the WinterKids App, visit

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Students, Teachers, and Families Impacted in Maine & New Hampshire since 2010!

WinterKids is the only nonprofit in Maine dedicated exclusively to increasing outdoor physical activity in children and families during our longest, most sedentary season.  

The shorter, darker, and colder days of winter and the increasing allure of screen time make it all too easy for kids and families to “hibernate.”  At WinterKids, we make it our business to provide kids, parents, and teachers with the right option: to get outside, get active, and have fun in the winter – and year-round.

Outdoor kids are active kids. Active kids are healthy kids. Healthy kids are happy kids. Happy kids are “winter kids.”



With outside being the safest and best place to be, WinterKids has truly thrived during the pandemic! We were able to reach nearly 27,000 kids, teachers and families in Maine and New Hampshire with creative adaptations for safe, outdoor adventures. Check out our 2020/2021 Season Wrap Up Report!

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We are so thankful for our WinterKids Family – sponsors, foundations, teams, friends, volunteers, board and staff – and most important, the KIDS we serve. 2020 was a fantastic year for our organization, reaching over 35,000 (!) kids, family members, and teachers with innovative, outdoor education programs.