Ski, Snowboard Club to Colorado
Spring Break, scheduled March 13-19 at NIACC, will mean a week of fun for the Ski and Snowboard Club that plans to travel to Winter Park, Colorado for its annual trip this year.
This year the group plans to leave on Saturday, March 12 on Amtrak from Osceola and stay at the Hideway Village Condominiums in Winter Park for four days.
The ride to Colorado is a 15-hour trip, but according to the club adviser Bruce McKee it is nice and members can walk around on the train and view the mountains from the observation deck.
The group plans to return to Mason City on Friday, March 18.
The trip cost $560 for NIACC students and includes transportation, lodging, a four-day life ticket and pizza party.
Each year students are welcome to bring friends and family along with them to Colorado for a week of all the winter fun a person can have.
Last year, according to Charlie Schroeder, a Spanish instructor at NIACC who made the trip, the club went to a resort called Winter Park and stayed at a nearby village.
Each day they took a bus to get to the mountain and spent six to seven hours a day at the park skiing and snowboarding the whole time.
By the time night came, club members were all tired and sat by the fireplace to play cards, read or just watch some T.V.
Schroeder had also attended a couple other trips in the past that traveled to four different parks each of the four days they were there.
Those making the trip even had the chance to night ski, but after a long day on the mountain the students were already too worn out from their day to want to ski at night.
Schroeder said he enjoyed his time in Colorado and recommends students give it a try in the future, and he said heplans to attend more of the trips in the future.
The trip to Colorado is not the only trip that the club takes; the group starts the fun as soon as the snow hits the ground.
This year the group took day trips this past January and February to places close to home like Afton Alps, Welch Village and Mount Kato all in Minnesota. Welch Village is a great place for beginners to learn to ski, according to McKee.
These day trips are also open to those who want to get back on the hills or for those who are learning to ski or snowboard for the first time.
The club is open to anyone. If anyone is interested in joining, they should contact Bruce McKee at firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by his office at BC105.