Grass Valley’s Silver Springs High School students enjoy day on slopes
Many of the students had never seen snow-covered mountains, let alone snowboarded. But that changed for 13 Silver Springs High School students who attended a special field trip to Squaw Valley Ski Resort in early January.
Students provided the energy and enthusiasm, and they were provided everything else: winter wear, equipment, lift ticket, and even a lesson from three Squaw Valley instructors.
“Squaw gave us everything we needed, including gloves, goggles, helmets, boots, snowboards, and even snow clothes. It was a great experience. No other school I’ve been to ever offered anything like that,” said Jacob Ramirez, a 16-year-old junior at the alternative/continuation high school located in Grass Valley.
Silver Springs Principal Marty Mathiesen organized and chaperoned the trip.
“Students who are in good standing at school signed up, and we chose students at random from that list. Experiences such as this bond students to our school, and can help improve attendance and academics,” said Mathiesen.
Vans left Silver Springs High School at 6:30 a.m. For many students, the journey was as exciting as the destination. Selina Somervill, a 17-year-old junior, had never before traveled over the Sierra Nevada pass.
“It was so beautiful,” she said. “The sunrise was coming up over the mountains. It was the most amazing thing I’ve ever seen. Then we headed to the bunny slope. I was a little scared, and I admit, I fell a lot. A lot!”
She and other Silver Springs students are looking forward to future field trips to Squaw Valley.
“We’re going to take different groups of students to the ski resort every few weeks. We’ve made a commitment to provide free rental gear and lift tickets to students who show commitment, dedication, and improvement in this sport that is so new to them,” said Mathiesen.
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