Boarding students hit the slopes last weekend for a two-day ski and snowboard trip to Vancouver Island’s Mt. Washington. Located in the Comox Valley, approximately 250 km north of Victoria, Mt. Washington is home to the deepest snow pack in Canada, averaging more than 12 metres of snow per year.
As part of the Outdoor Leadership program, SMUS also offers Senior School students the chance to participate in Saturday ski and snowboard trips throughout the year. About four trips are organized each season; the next one is scheduled for February 2. Though most of the senior students are experienced on the slopes, lessons are available.
“Although the students tend to have different skiing abilities, the trip is about having fun in the snow. Most students find friends at their level to ski with for the day,” says Outdoor Education teacher Mr. Pete McLeod.
Middle School students will also have a chance to ski and snowboard on March 6, when the entire Grade 8 class will head to the mountain for the day.