Nick Schaffer

Ski and Board Club Embracing the Phenomenal Ski Season

February 21, 2019

In Colorado, the most defining geographic feature is the Rocky Mountains. Known for its grand mountain tops and fresh snow, Colorado is a playground for all things winter sports.

Skiing and snowboarding has a large effect on major ski towns, such as Aspen and Vail, but it also has a large impact on the community of the Grand Valley. Not only is Powderhorn Ski Resort a large asset to the Valley’s economy, the mountain has also impacted individual lives including many students at Fruita Monument High School. The Ski and Snowboard club is a great way for students to enjoy the mountains and spend quality time skiing and boarding with friends.

Ski and Board club  is run by Fruita Monument teachers Abbey Tubbs and Darcy Stanco and has almost 100 members including students and other volunteer teachers. Being one of the largest clubs in the school, Ski and Board club impacts a lot of kids. The club is so popular among the student body that some kids got turned down because there wasn’t enough spots. Students in the club receive discounted season passes to Powderhorn Ski Resort and get to go on exciting ski trips.

“My favorite part about Ski and Board is skiing and traveling with my best friends and going to resorts all around Colorado that I wouldn’t of been able to go to if I wasn’t part of this club. I also have met so many great people that are just as passionate about skiing as I am.” said sophomore skier, Emma Banghart.

One of the activities that the ski club has done this year is a ski a thon at Powderhorn. The goal of the day was to do as many runs as possible throughout the day in order to raise money to support the students in the club and to help it keep expanding. As well as skiing at Powderhorn, the club has also made a ski trip to Aspen Highlands Ski Resort and is currently in the process of planning another trip to Telluride Ski Resort

A great part about Ski and Board club is that you can join no matter what your skill level is, so it doesn’t matter whether you are doing 1080s on the half pipe or if you are a beginner who is ready to conquer the bunny hill.

“Ski and Board club is great because it allows me to grow so much as a skier. Everyone there challenges me and pushes me to improve my skills and I have learned so much because of it,” sophomore, Issy Lynch, said.

Ski and Board club is a great way to make new friends and unite the school through one of the most beloved sports in Colorado. Even though it’s too late to join the club for this ski season, anyone interested in the benefits of ski and board should consider joining this club next school year.

 

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