By Eric Rounds, Director of Service & Environmental Learning
This year twenty upper school students and four faculty chaperones continued the yearly tradition of the Wolf Creek Ski and Snowboard Trip. We rented a large house in the Pagosa Springs area and cooked for each other and put in two long days on the mountain. The weather this year was perfect—sunny and cold with a recent storm laying down an excellent, soft layer of snow.
Friday night started with the obligatory pool and Wii tournaments with some surprising underdog victors. Saturday some of the kids built a jump and had a blast filming each others’ attempts at “gnarly” jumps. Saturday night was the sulfurous trip to the hot springs to soothe the aching muscles. This is always a surreal delight to lounge in hot water outside with snow all around.
Sunday morning we cleaned the house, packed up, and enjoyed another long day of skiing/boarding. Then followed the long drive home accompanied by the beats of hip hop in the fully loaded suburbans. At the gas stops along the way, Coach K continued his decades long tradition of assigning ten pushups per violation of the appropriate school language code, much to the amusement of those who weren’t caught.
All in all, it was a lovely getaway to a beautiful place with a fabulous bunch of kids. They were kind to each other; they did the chores around the house without complaint and got in two great days of fun on the mountain.