Long thought of as a sport meant only for the wealthy upper class, skiing has taken CJ by storm this winter in the form of the newly created CJ Ski Club.
The club, started by senior John Buerschen with some help from Mrs. Beth Marshall, English teacher, took trips to Perfect North Slopes nearly every Friday during January and February, skiing for around four to five hours before coming back to CJ tired, but happy.
“I’ve been skiing for a few years and I knew the club director at Perfect North, so I thought it would be cool to get it going at CJ,” said Buerschen on what gave him the idea and motivation to start the club.
In its first year of existence, the club has had more than 25 people join and almost everyone who has gone has enjoyed themselves. “It’s really fun to get to do something new to CJ, and have a great time skiing with friends,” junior Allie McMahon said.
The inaugural trip to Perfect North came on Friday, Jan. 7. The club took a bus from CJ to the slopes–which are about an hour and a half away–and returned home around 1 a.m. “It was so much fun. [Skiing] was really easy to pick up and I can’t wait to go on the next one,” said junior Sam Spees, enthusiastically recalling his time at the slope.
The experience, a first for some, was enjoyable and full of adventure. According to junior Camille Dickens, “It was rough at first but then everyone got the hang of it and you got to see the talents of your friends.” Newcomers shouldn’t worry, though; you don’t have to be a professional to join this club. Most people are beginners and a lesson is free with ski rental.
Although the Ski Club’s season has ended, new members are encouraged to join the club next year and in the years to come. Contact John Buerschen or Mrs. Marshall for information about opportunities to participate next year.
By: Will McKelvey '12
This story was first published in the February 2011 issue of The Ludlow Street Journal, CJ's official student newspaper.