If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, you’ll know that one of our main tasks is to paint an accurate representation of everyday campus life for prospective Duquesne undergraduates. One such aspect of campus life is the myriad of (optional) extra-curricular clubs and organizations. One of the clubs that has the most memorable impact on me is Duquesne Ski and Snowboard Club, of which I am now the president.
The purpose of our club is to fulfill the social needs of interested students rather than strict philanthropy (these are the two main focus areas of most campus organizations). The club offers three main services to students. The first is an online platform for skiers and snowboarders to meet one another and organize private trips to Seven Springs, which is the closest ski resort to Pittsburgh. Students can join this platform through “Campus Link,” which is a website students can access soon after they are enrolled. On Campus Link, you can officially request to become a member of the club (all are accepted), and you may use our discussion wall to contact other members. News about meetings and the spring break trip are often posted to this discussion wall as well. By the way, all campus organizations have a Campus Link page, so this may be pertinent to people who interested any of those also.
The second primary function of the group is to sell season-passes to Seven Springs. Representatives from Springs come for a few days in the fall semester to sell passes ata discounted rate (usually $50 off), but if you happen to miss that sale, the same price is offered through the forms that Springs provides us. Purchases are usually due before Thanksgiving break.
To save the best for last, each year the club organizes a week-long spring break trip to a major northern mountain. The mountains the previous three years have been Sugarloaf (Maine), Whiteface (New York), and Killington (Vermont). Since we have the privilege of group cost rates through our traveling company, the cost of the trip (transportation, lodging, lift pass, and sometimes one meal per day) is MUCH lower than one would pay without going with a large group. For example, this year’s total cost for our trip to Jay Peak Vermont, which includes a charter bus to transport the club, is $540. The only other costs one must cover are food for the week and any other luxury items in which you might want to indulge. Club members are free to spend their time during the trip as they choose. We typically ski as a group/subgroups during the day, eat, and then pursue various pastimes together in the evening. Such pastimes vary depending on the town / mountain area we’re visiting that given year.
All three trips I have taken with the club have been inexpressibly fun. The mountains and landscape are sublime, the conditions are fantastic, and the evenings are just as much of a blast as the skiing/boarding. All three trips comprise some of my cherished memories as a college student. For some reason, skiers and snowboarders at Duquesne are typically very “chill” people (pun intended). People who don’t know one another at the start of the trip often grow quite close by the end. I have met some of my closest friends at Duquesne via Ski Club, which is, of course, beyond value.
Thanks, Kristian Sheeley