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Oakwood fourth-graders hit the slopes at Snowbird

Jan 19, 2017 01:15PM ● By Rubina Halwani

Fourth-graders line up for winter fun at Snowbird. (Rubina Halwani/City Journals)

By Rubina Halwani | [email protected] 

Over 50 fourth-graders at Oakwood Elementary stood in line to load two large tour busses with ski and snowboarding gear. The cold air didn’t dissuade the children from waiting patiently outside, accessorized with wool socks, ski gloves and snow boots. These Oakwood Owls were anxiously preparing for a special ski and snowboarding trip to Snowbird.
Karen Oliver, a fourth-grade teacher at Oakwood, explained that the fieldtrip was “sponsored by Ski Utah and coordinated by Jo Garuccio from Snowbird. The students get a half-day ski or snowboard lesson, ski pass, ski/snowboard rental and transportation to the ski area.”
Oliver and Ali Brusa, another fourth-grade teacher, co-organized the daytime fieldtrip with Ski Utah. The teachers were assisted by a handful of parent chaperones to accompany the students on the trip.
Ski Utah partners with schools throughout Wasatch to offer a half-day ski and snowboard lesson, onsite at one of the many resorts in the area. The website referenced January as “learn to ski” month. The organization recommends students learn to ski with professional teachers to learn and practice safe skills on the slopes.
The pre-planning phase began last December. Permission slips, required equipment lists and waiver forms were sent home to parents.
“The students have been prepared for the day with exercises by our P.E. teacher, Coach Dennis Chart, and have had their waivers in since December 20. Needless to say they are very excited,” said Oliver.
From their website, “the Utah Ski and Snowboard Association is a non-profit trade organization founded in 1975 with the aim of promoting Utah’s ski and snowboard industry.”
The active snowfall on the mountain range didn’t stop the students from a joyful excursion on the slopes.
After the trip, Oliver exclaimed, “We had a great time!”