Winter Trip

Winter Trip Course Description

After the initial three-week backpacking course in the summer, it’s important for students to get acquainted with another Wyoming season: winter.  The snow and cold of the Rocky Mountains can be intimidating for many people, but winter provides an opportunity to enjoy another chapter of God’s First Book.  Winter brings a certain peace, a quiet stillness, and a landscape cleansed by the white snow.  It is the perfect setting to continue the development of the imagination and grow in virtue as the students confront new challenges.

This course will immerse students in the winter environment and provide opportunities to develop knowledge and skills necessary for safely enjoying winter in the mountains.  The winter course specifically prepares students to plan and lead winter outdoor adventures and to participate in winter field science labs.

Features of this Course:
• 4 days cross-country/backcountry skiing/touring
• 1 day skiing or snowboarding at a ski resort
• 3 day, 2 night backcountry ski tour
• Ski routes 3-5 miles at elevations of 6,900 to 10,500 feet
• Lessons in avalanche safety and terrain evaluation
• Lessons in cross country and downhill ski techniques
• Lessons in winter camping and survival skills
• Lessons in winter hazards, risk management and 1st aid

"I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida. In the winter you would still be wearing shorts and sandals. When I first heard that I was going to be living in the snow for a week, I was freaked out. I was convinced I would freeze to death."

“I grew up in Boca Raton, Florida.  In the winter you would still be wearing shorts and sandals.  When I first heard that I was going to be living in the snow for a week, I was freaked out.  I was convinced I would freeze to death.  But, I went for it and it turned out to be one of the top weeks of my life.  My favorite part was building the snow shelters for us to sleep in.  Since I had never been in snow, I had no idea that you could build a house out of it.  It was challenging and cold, but I want to go back so bad.”