Utah Ski

#steepandeep: Skiing and Riding in Utah

Winterim 2014

Come join us for 12 full days of skiing and riding in Michgian and Utah! Outdoor adventure sports offer physical challenge, direct connection with nature, and the warmth of community and friendships. In addition to greatly improving your technical abilities through personalized instruction and increased terrain challenge, you will also learn about equipment selection and maintenance, explore a wide array of snowsports disciplines, meet resort and industry business owners, shadow members of the National Ski Patrol, visit ski and snowboard manufacturing right here in GR, and learn how to plan a lifetime of affordable skiing and riding experiences. Find out why they call it “The Greatest Snow on Earth!”


Utah shredTuition:  $1900 All Inclusive

Includes all airfare, transportation, lift tickets, lodging, and food.

Who is leading the trip?

David Koning:  As a teacher and outdoor educator, I know the power that amazing locations, real adventure, and group unity can have on people. I bring to this trip over 20 years of personal outdoor adventure experience, have taught outdoor education courses and led wilderness trips for Calvin College for 3 years, and hold an advanced wilderness first aid certification (WFR).

Jim Styf:  I have a lifelong passion for skiing and the mountains, and I love most of all to see kids come to love those things too. Most importantly, I hope to instill in our group the knowledge that skiing can be a lifestyle, not just a hobby, and that it can be done reasonably and affordably. I have also served as the head ski coach for the GRCH Ski Team for 4 years, leading our group to the state championships for the first time this year.


utah patrolWhat Will We Do Besides Ski and Ride?

Tons! In fact, the focus of the trip is only half on our ski time on the slopes and on trails. The course is designed to give you opportunity to not only help you get a lot better at the sport itself, but also teach you about many of the industries and careers surrounding the snowsports world. We will get to tour snowboard manufacturing, meet resort owners, work with Ski Patrol, get a behind-the-scenes look at mountain operations, tour Black Diamond Equipment in Salt Lake City, and much more.  Here’s a glimpse at our proposed itinerary:



Itinerary            Monday, Jan. 6-Friday, Jan 17

Monday             a.m. = Ski tuning and fitting equipment + trip prep

                          p.m. = Marhar Snowboards

Tuesday            8:00-1:00 Nordic day at Pigeon Creek (Holland)

                          1:00-3:00 Introduction to different snowsports disciplines

                          Evening ski racing with the team

utah black diamondWednesday       Travel to SLC

                          Tour Black Diamond Equipment

Thursday           Snowbird Camp (day 1), Mountain Operations (ride in a snowcat?)

Friday                Snowbird Camp (day 2), early a.m. w/ Ski Patrol

Saturday            Snowbird/Alta freeskiing (1/2 day race training)

Sunday              Brighton or Snowbasin; optional touring/sightseeing instead

Monday              Park City  (1/2 day racing). Celebration dinner in Park City.

Tuesday             Flight home (arrive  GR early afternoon), ski racing at night

Wednesday        Cannonsburg Switch-a-Roo:  try skiing or snowboarding for the 1st time.

Thursday            Boyne trip (resort business, Nordic day)

Friday                 Boyne Trip (alpine ski, return home)

In The End, Skiers And Riders Will:

  1. Experience the lifelong value of outdoor adventure sports, focusing on personal challenge, connection with natural places, and community.
  2. Improve ski technique through a 2-day, professionally-instructed ski camp in Utah.
  3. Learn about the ski industry by meeting with resort owners, hearing about conservation issues, working with ski patrol and mountain operations personnel, and touring ski-related companies and manufacturing facilities here in Grand Rapids and in Salt Lake City.
  4. Learn how to select, fit, and tune ski equipment on their own.
  5. Gain exposure to the wide array of snowsports, including Nordic skiing and sidecountry.
  6. Learn how to plan affordable ski experiences.

Utah girls rockDo I Need My Own Equipment?

We expect that most of you will have your own equipment, but you can rent quality gear in Utah, at Cannonsburg, and at Boyne. Rentals are not covered in the trip price.

How Good Do I Need To Be?

The trip is open to all levels of skiers and riders. You will get a lot better regardless of your ability! Our camps and instructional sessions are designed to meet you at your level and then take you to the next.


How Big Will The Group Be?

We can take up to 24 students and plan on somewhere near 20. The more the merrier!

Who Cooks and Cleans?

You do! Well, we all do! A big part of the trip is being together in community, and we will all take turns cooking and cleaning.

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