A collaborative project between Western Illinois University’s Campus Recreation Outdoor Pursuits program and International Studies program offered 130 members of the campus community a ski trip during Lincoln’s birthday Thursday, Feb. 12.
A combination of 128 WIU students, staff and family members traveled to Ski Snowstar Winter Sports Park in Andalusia, IL, by bus.
According to Pat McGrath, the assistant director of Aquatics and Outdoor Pursuits at Western, the trip included a mix of first-time and experiences skiers.
“Despite the daily high temperature of 16 degrees, everyone had a great time on the slopes and warming up in the lodge,” said McGrath. “We plan to continue growing the trip next year, potentially adding the opportunity for participants to snow tube, as well as ski and snowboard.”
The trip’s $30 registration fee included transportation, ski rental, a lift ticket, a one-hour ski lesson and a voucher for pizza and a drink. Students also had the chance to sample new products from Kickstart and Ubr Water, provided by Pepsi.
The number of participants in this year’s trip doubled last year’s Lincoln birthday event, which had 62 participants.
For more information about the annual trip, contact Campus Recreation at (309) 298-1228.