On Feb. 2, Union Board will be sponsoring a ski trip Chestnut Mountain in Galena, Ill.
Here are a few tips for students getting ready for the trip:
The day will begin at 9 a.m. on Feb. 2 and will last until approximately 7 p.m. The cost of the trip is $30.
“That covers the equipment for skiing or snowboarding, the group lesson and the ticket on the lift,” senior Arnold Salgado said.
Salgado is a member of Union Board and is in charge of the trip.
“We got a package deal so everyone would have had to pay $60, but Union Board covered half the cost to make it more affordable for students,” he said. “[However], in case there’s any snacks or hot chocolate, students should bring their own money.”
“Layering [is advised] because it can get cold at the top of the mountain, but you get hot while you ski,” freshman Julie Wertheimer said. “So wear long underwear and ski pants and a jacket so you can take stuff off.”
Skiers advise thermal jackets, wool socks, snow gloves, pants and a jacket.
“To my knowledge, they don’t provide clothing. … I’m assuming it’ll be cold, regardless,” Salgado said.
Appropriate gear will be given, and it’s important to make sure your equipment fits. If your skis are uncomfortable now, they will be even more so in three hours.
“Snow pants are very necessary, along with a ski jacket. Snow blindness is also totally a thing,” freshman Sophie Click said. “If you’re out too long in the snow without goggles, you could damage your eyesight.”
Staying warm and staying safe is in style.
On the slopes, your skin is a target of the sun, wind and cold. Snow reflects light and your face, lips and exposed skin could become chapped and dry quickly. Bring sunscreen, lip balm and lotion.
Students will have a choice between skiing and snowboarding. Snowboarders navigate snow using their bodies. Skiers primarily use their boards and poles to steer.
“Anyone who snowboards will you tell it’s better. Anyone who skis will tell you it’s better,” Click said.
If this is your first time skiing, chances are the black slopes are not for you. Difficulty is marked on each slope by a color. Green usually signifies easy slopes while blue, red and black signify more difficult slopes.
Other people will be snowboarding and skiing, and it is important to be aware and respectful of the space around you.
“Don’t get distracted,” freshman Lorena Amarillo said.
“Try not to hit anyone,” Click said. “People don’t like it when you run them over.”
When getting on a ski lift, be sure to have all of your gear, tickets and clothing with you and ready. Your skis should be pointed up as the ski lift moves up. Be cautious of falling but don’t be scared.
“You could jump off a ski lift. You could get pushed. You could get your gear stuck and not be able to get off but you can’t fall off,” Click said.