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The Rocky Mountains, Skiing, Snowboarding. What a great way to start the New Year. Join Outdoor Pursuits Jan. 3-8 as we head to Steamboat Springs, CO, for five days of skiing, snowboarding and other winter activities that we don't have in Middle Tennessee.
Cost of the trip is $825/students, $850/staff and $875/guests which includes airfare and transfers. If you want to book flights on your own and meet us there, the cost is $425/students, $450/staff and $475/guests. Equipment rentals are not included in either rate because some people bring their own; however, equipment rentals can be arranged at discounted rates.
A $200 non-refundable deposit is required at registration. Space is limited so do not wait much longer to sign-up. The deadline is Nov. 10.
The group will stay at Timber Run Condos which feature fully equipped kitchens and cable TV. Onsite amenities include two outdoor hot tubs, pool, sauna, laundry facilities and a private guest shuttle to the lifts and to downtown Steamboat.. Accommodations are provided in two-bedroom condos which sleep 6. Our rate is for full occupancy, meaning a person allocated for each spot. If you would like different accommodations, you can arrange that with your registration with an additional cost.
Steamboat Springs is the second largest ski area in Colorado with wide slopes, champagne powder, and tree skiing for those who dare! The ski school is excellent and has lessons for beginners, mogul lessons and snow boarders. There are more than 2,500 acres of skiing, 1551 of which are groomed. The variety of terrain includes 15% beginner, 54% intermediate, and 31% advanced. The lifts will carry you to more than 100 different runs. Snow making machines are used to insure fresh powder snow daily.
Who says studying can’t be fun? Campus Recreation’s trip to Fiji, in conjunction with the Study Abroad office, is proof that you can have fun, learn and grow at the same time.
A group of 21 students and staff experienced the endless beauty of Fiji on a cross-cultural study abroad trip May 22 - June 1. Most agreed that it was an extremely humbling, wonderful experience in which their perspective of life was radically changed.
Ray Wiley, Campus Recreation associate director and trip organizer, said this was the first time he had developed a study abroad trip. The remote location made coordinating logistics a complex process. He added, however, that everything evolved smoothly with very few hitches. He said he feels the trip exceeded expectations.
Participants agree the trip was a huge success! While students were earning three credit hours, they also got to explore the island and make life-changing memories. Students were required to take pictures and blog daily to receive credit.
Activities such as hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, and visiting schools and churches occupied the majority of their time during the 11 day trip.
“We visited local villages and participated in a Kava ceremony and got to watch the fire walkers,” Ray added.
Students also said their expectations of Fiji were changed upon arrival. While Fiji is portrayed as an ideal vacation destination, it is actually a rather poor country.
“The people there were the nicest folks I’ve ever met,” said Lindsey Smith. “For someone to have so little and be so grateful just blew my mind and made me think about how I viewed my own life”.
For others, the best part of the trip was getting to know the people and their happiness in the little things we tend to take for granted.
“Their happiness was contagious and their love was so genuine,” said Chrissy Wiley. “[This was the] trip of a lifetime”.
The trip was such a success that dates for the 2015 Fiji trip are set for May 28-June 7. For more information, contact Ray Wiley at 615-898-2815.
Fiji Trip Pictures Featured Below: