A dedicated teacher, a generous ski resort and parents willing to get up by 5 a.m. — that’s what it takes to pull off the Annual Rim Country Middle School Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC) ski trip to Sunrise Resort.
“I know that a lot of students had a good time on the ski trip,” said OAC teacher leader Scott Davidson, “A few kids were more timid, but that’s OK. Everyone can progress at their own pace ... Shaylee was jazzed that she was able to go up to midway on her first trip.”
Some may wonder what the benefits are to a “fluff” trip such as this.
Sunrise Ski resort understands the importance.
The resort believes so strongly in introducing students to skiing and snowboarding they have a special offer because, “Teaching students the benefits and safety of skiing and snowboarding can help them with coordination, team building, guidance and best of all, self-confidence.”
From Monday to Thursday each week of the ski season, for only $20 Sunrise provides elementary, middle school, and high school students a lift ticket, rentals and a lesson.
The OAC-provided transportation costs another $20, which brings the total price up to $40, plus food and snacks, although students often bring their own.
If a student decided to go up on a weekend and do the same thing themselves, it would cost $120 simply to get on the hill with a lesson, ticket and equipment, on top of the transportation costs.
“I always see friends bond together and some students find new friends on the ski trips. It is good for team work and for confidence building,” said Davidson.