Break is quickly approaching, and on Friday the campus will begin to empty out. Students will go home, or to friends and family, for the week long winter break. And then, on Sunday, they will return.
However, there are the lucky few that leave the morning after boarding students return to campus. They will load bags and bodies into the school vans in order to make the trek up to Yosemite. These students get an extra week of break on Honors Ski Trip.
The Honors Ski Trip is a week long excursion with the headmaster and a couple other teachers, and a handful of students who put in the work to keep their academic and effort grades up to standard.
Last year I went on the trip and I had an amazing time. In the mornings we would cook obscene amounts of bacon before loading into the vans and driving to the nordic track.
From there, we make our way through the snow in a not so graceful manner. There was one day we all froze ourselves in a snow storm, and another when we were practically skiing in t-shirts.
Though the weather may be bipolar, the fun never stops. We made snow forts and had a giant snowball fight. Then, deciding that we hadn’t quite done enough harm to one another, we built a jump to jump off of on nordic skiis.
As you can imagine, it wasn’t very pretty. It was also hilarious. You can watch it here.
After spending the day skiing, we return to the cabins and cook a delicious meal. Then perhaps an inappropriate game of twister before the headmaster sends us all to bed.
In the morning, we wake up and do it all over again.
Honors Ski Trip is a bunch of fun, it’s funny, and it’s a good workout. Hopefully I’ll be able to go every year I am here. Trust me, it’s worth it.