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UTM offers winter sports travel study

Published (Volume 78, No. 6)

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Skiers and snowboarders try out their new skills at Beech Mountain Ski Resort in the North Carolina Appalachians. Beech Mountain features the French Swiss Ski College, a renowned ski instruction program. UTM’s Department of Health and Human Performance offers a travel-study in January for skiing and snowboarding.

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Winter break should be more than sitting around the house trying to decide whether you want to take back that gift that your aunt gave you for Christmas. Take a trip with Human and Health Performances instructor Linda Ramsey to the Appalachian Mountains and learn how to ski or snowboard.

“If you want to learn how to ski, this is the best way to do it,” Ramsey says. Ramsey has been taking students to the mountains for instructions on how to ski and for a relaxing trip for several years.

Last year, Ramsey says that 52 students went with her on the trip.

This year’s trip will be taking place Jan. 8-13, 2006. Students who are wishing to go on the trip need to attend the first class meeting that takes place Monday Oct. 10 at 5 p.m. in room 2056 of the Skyhawk Fieldhouse.

“We’ve always had a good experience and the students that go do a great job of representing the university,” Ramsey says.

Students who go on the ski trip can also earn two hours of university credit. The first few days of the trip are spent taking lessons that prepare the students for the skills test and written tests that are to follow. “If they pass the tests, the students will receive two hours of university credit at UTM,” Ramsey says.

After the tests are over students will have a chance to show their skills on the snow at the Appalachian Ski Mountain and Sugar Mountain.

To get a complete understanding of the price information, it is best that students attend the class meeting on Oct. 10. The cost will vary depending on how many students will be staying in a hotel room and whether those attending will be skiing or snowboarding.

All of the prices include lodging for five nights, slope tickets, equipment and the lessons. The cheapest rate for those who will need lodging and equipment is for four people to stay together and ski at a price of $259 per person.

For more information about this trip, contact Linda Ramsey at 881-7310 or 881-7318.