Outdoors Club Ski Trip

On the afternoon of February 11th, sixteen members of the Loyola School community Outdoors Club headed for JFK and a flight to Salt Lake City and four days of skiing in one of God’s great mountain playgrounds. With a cumulative winter snowfall eclipsing 300 inches this season, this year marks one of the finest western ski seasons in the past several decades. Our group lodged in a spacious new home at the foothills of the Wasatch Range in the quaint hamlet of Eden, Utah, sharing meals in common, from homemade French toast and bacon, to a sabrosa Mexican cena prepared by senior class cocineros Alejandra and Jaime.

Our skiers were challenged each day by the expert terrain and superior snow conditions of several of Utah’s world class resorts. The fun began at Powder Mountain, a local Utah favorite comprising over 7000 skiable acres, making it one of the largest ski areas in the United States. The following day we migrated to Little Cottonwood Canyon, ascending the 11,000 foot peak at Snowbird in the gripping confines of its famous aerial tram, with a cab holding 125 people. After returning for a second time to Powder Mountain for our third day of skiing and eight inches of freshly fallen snow, on the final day we ventured to Snow Basin, the renowned site of the treacherous 2002 men’s and women’s Olympic downhill.

“I could not have imagined a more perfect experience,” recounted one student on the flight home. From an incredible, helpful, upbeat group of students enjoying each other’s company to the awesomeness and splendor of creation, our time together was nothing short of breathtaking, inspiring, and overflowing with the exhilaration of delighting in God’s magnificent earth. Thanks to all who made our time in Utah so special!!

Check out photos from the trip by clicking here.

—Posted: February 25, 2016