Rams hit the slopes

Students travel to Colorado for ski trip

By Christian Hunick
On January 18, 2018

Over winter break, UREC took 24 individuals on a week-long ski and snowboard trip to Crested Butte, CO.

The group consisted of 20 ASU students, two trip instructors, a graduate assistant and UREC’s Manager of Outdoors Adventures Ian Brown. They departed for Crested Butte on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at 5:30 a.m. in university vans, not reaching the haven of Grand Lodge until 8:30 p.m.

On Wednesday the group took a trek out to Magic Meadows Yurt, a round tent styled after those of the nomads of Central Asia. The yurt can only be accessed by skis or snowshoes via a one-mile groomed trail. Inside, the group was greeted with not only a warm place to rest, but also a five-course dinner and live music.

The rest of the week was spent on the slopes, according to Brown, with a break each day around noon for lunch.

This was the first skiing

experience for some students like freshman Haylee Poorman.

"I had never been skiing before this trip," Poorman said. "I was expecting to be an expert by the time I left, but I was very wrong."

The trip wasn’t just about skiing and snowboarding though. Poorman explained that it also provided an opportunity for the students to come closer to their fellow Rams and form lasting relationships.

"I learned a lot while I was there and improved a lot on the slopes, however, this trip was more about the people. I made three new lifelong friends who helped me learn how not to fall as much on the slopes. The overall experience is something words just don’t do justice."

The trip lasted until Jan 8. This was one of the more expensive ventures taken by UREC, priced at $375.

There are two more UREC outdoor camping trips planned for this semester; rock climbing at Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge Mar. 2-5, and ziplining at Lake Travis Apr. 21-23. There will be pre-trip meetings on Feb. 20 and April 10, respectively.

Students can go to Room 112 in the Ben Kelly Center for Human Performance during normal business hours to register for a trip. Both upcoming events will be $55.

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