After months of planning and preparation, 150 members of the Illinois State skiing and snowboarding club were able to enjoy six days and five nights in Winter Park, Colo.
After spending 18 hours on a bus, members arrived and took to the slopes. While the majority of the Snow Crew was on snow boards, member Hailey Lanier stuck to skiing after the first day.
“I had only skied once before, but after trying snowboarding on the first day, I went back to skiing,” Lanier said. “It was really fun to meet new people while getting more confident in my skiing.”
The daily routine at Winter Park consisted of waking up, eating breakfast and heading directly to the slopes. After a quick lunch break, skiers and snow boarders alike were back outside until the park closed for the night.
“The first two days we were there were ‘greybird’ days, which is when there is overcast and everything is grey,” club president Garrett Englund said. “But when there’s a lot of overcast it means fresh snow and we’re all about fresh powder.”
For the rest of the trip, the clouds parted and gave way to ‘bluebird’ days, which included sunshine, warmth and visibility.
Members of the Snow Crew organized a photo challenge game, pitting room against room to capture photos of snowboarding tricks and other miscellaneous moments.
“Since my roommates and I skied more than snow boarded, we mostly did the funnier challenges, but overall it really helped make the trip more fun and interactive,” Lanier said.
Off of the slopes, the members of the Snow Crew spent time socializing in the Vintage hotel and exploring the town. Some members attended a Colorado Avalanche hockey game in Denver.
Members’ opinions of the trip were extremely positive, many even saying they would return to Winter Park with friends or family.
“It was my first time in Colorado and I loved it,” club member Sara Marshall said. “The best part was being able to ride with my friends and get that mountain experience.”
Englund, one of the coordinators of the event, was satisfied with the results of his and the rest of the executive board’s hard work.
“As a planner, in my head I picture how I want things to go and the trip went exactly how I wanted it to.”
Although they just returned, plans are already in the works for the Snow Crew’s next outing, and Englund hopes the success of this trip will spark continued interest in future Snow Crew trips.