February 6, 2018
Skiers and snowboarders flock to Colorado’s 27 ski resorts each year. Among the snow enthusiasts are the Ski and Ride Club and other students interested in taking a trip to Colorado’s beauty.
Students interested in hitting the slopes can go on two bus trips to Monarch Mountain this semester, according to club president Lauren Chandler, a junior marketing major. The club will provide both lunch and transportation for $10.
Around 20 to 25 students attend the trips, according to Chandler, who says that there are around 45 active members in the club now.
Ski season opens in November and closes in April, giving students plenty of openings in their class schedule to go ski, whether it be over winter break or spring break, according to Chandler.
“I mean, for me, I think the best time is in March because that’s when most of the snow comes,” says Chandler. “Most of the time we go to Keystone since its closer, but my personal favorite is either Breckenridge or Beaver Creek.”
While Keystone, Monarch and Breckenridge can be hot spots for students, some prefer other resorts due to price or proximity to campus.
“My favorite resort is Copper Mountain, and you can get a ski pass for $500, which is paid off by going four times since a day pass is about $150,” says freshman nursing major Mack Nelson.
With so options for ski resorts, a lot of the time where students end up skiing is the resort that is the closest and the cheapest. However, other factors can come into play, like familiarity with the resort, its size and number of runs, and the view.
“I’m a little biased mainly because I grew up in this ski resort, but I’d say Aspen hands down,” says freshmen psychology and criminal justice major Johanna Vasquez.
“They always offer discounts for college students. They’re very good at giving discounts if the ski passes are bought before Nov. 1.”
For more information about joining the ski and ride club or attending a ski trip contact Lauren Chandler at [email protected].