Grad Students Enjoy Weekend Ski Trip
For the second year in a row, enthusiastic graduate students and their guests traveled north to enjoy a “Winter Weekend” of skiing, snowboarding, and socializing! This year’s graduate ski trip (February 28 – March 2) took place at Smuggler’s Notch Ski Resort (the same location as last year’s inaugural trip), located about two hours northwest of campus in the Green Mountains near Jeffersonsville, Vermont. “Smuggs” boasts three mountains with extensive trails that are perfect for both the novice and advanced skier/boarder. In addition to the downhill offerings, attendees could also try out snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, tubing and ice-skating at the resort.
This year’s ski trip (like last year’s) was not organized by any particular graduate student organization or club, but rather by three friends, each with an interest in promoting outdoor recreation: psychological and brain sciences graduate students, James Peck and Max Mehlman, and ecology and evolutionary biology graduate student, Marcus Welker. Peck, Mehlman, and Welker coordinated last year’s trip to Smuggs as well.
While the location remained the same, this year’s trip boasted an additional day of skiing/riding (three in total), and a new luxury this year was the slopeside condominiums each attendee enjoyed staying in. The condos also had their own private hot tub right out the back door, perfect to ease weary joints after a long day on the slopes. Each participant paid a modest flat rate in advance to attend, while additional funding was provided by the Graduate Student Council to supplement breakfast and snack food costs, transportation, and a pizza dinner for the entire group on Saturday evening.
All in all, the event was a huge success! Everyone had fun on the slopes and enjoyed each other’s company each evening for communal dinners and social time in the condos and at the resort’s karaoke bar. Peck noted that “the snow was soft, lift lines were short, and skiing was epic!” Mehlman added, “For myself and many others, the Winter Weekend is one of the most highly anticipated events of the year and I hope to see it become an annual tradition firmly established in the grad community and enjoyed by more and more people each year!”
Here’s hoping this fun tradition continues in 2015!
by Lisa Jackson