by Mike Danskin ’98, coaching intern and house parent
5:15 am comes early on a Saturday morning. There were plenty of pillows stuffed under arms as a parade of sleepy-eyed students filed onto the bus. Sleep was on the itinerary and snow in our dreams as we chugged up Island to Mt. Washington for a full day of skiing, snowboarding and perhaps the odd beaver tail. In case you’re wondering: a beaver tail is a true Canadian delicacy (think fried dough and chocolate).
When we arrived at the hill, the students renting equipment and taking lessons made their way down to the rental shop. The rest hit the slopes in hopes of first tracks! Visibility was an issue, as there was plenty of snow coming down throughout our time at the mountain. It’s been a couple of weeks since we’ve seen it in Victoria, but there is plenty of good snow on the hill.
The day was a huge success and we left the parking lot with thoughts of a Ladysmith dinner stop swooshing through our minds. The itinerary suggested we would arrive back at SMUS at 8:30 PM and our bus driver, Dean, rolled us into the driveway at 8:29 pm! It was a great day and the smiles on the faces of the students emphasized the success of the trip.
We are always keen to have some new faces join us for this skiing and snowboarding adventure. Keep your eyes peeled for sign-up posters or stop by the Outdoor Ed office beside the Middle School for more information. If you don’t have all the appropriate gear, there are plenty of borrowing and rental options available so don’t let that turn you off this terrific opportunity!