Ahead of the opening of the Pyeongchang’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, city kids from New Jersey are hitting the slopes and trying out skiing for the first time. In the mountains of northwest New Jersey, a group of schoolchildren are doing something they don’t have the opportunity to do back home in Newark: ski. Schone Malliet created the National Winter Activity Center in Vernon to offer kids from New York City, Newark and the surrounding region what may be their first chance to learn the winter sport. This winter, he and his instructors will teach around 1,600 kids. The center provides skis, boots, helmets and warm ski clothes for students in kindergarten through eighth grade.