Cabrini students spend day on slopes

By Jessica Wegelin
February 12, 2009

Shannon Keough

There was a brisk chill in the air on Saturday, Jan. 31, at 8 a.m. as the bus parked in Founder’s Hall parking lot was filled with skiers, tubers and snowboarders ready to take on Blue Mountain in Palmerton, Pa.

Slope temperatures were in the mid to upper 30s which made for an ideal skiing experience for everyone participating on the trip.

“Blue Mountain was a good choice. There are so many different trails and with the weather as beautiful as it was, made the trip of two hours on a cold bus worth it,” junior marketing major Amanda Ribakusky said.

The Center for Student Engagement and Leadership teamed up with Cabrini’s Recreation department to provide students with a chance to get off campus and hit the mountain. The trip also included a discount rate on the rental of skis and snowboards.

“After a long week at school it was good to just get off campus and go boarding, plus it was a good price, that’s really why I went,” junior accounting major Chris Lawler said.

The bus pulled up to Blue Mountain at 11 a.m. and everyone was on their own to discover the different trails and the fresh powder that was awaiting us. The lodge was filled with other skiers and snowboarders ready to start their day out on the mountain.

“I have never been to Blue Mountain when the mountain was so crowded. It was a good time and the weather was perfect for a day of boarding,” junior business administration major Bret Heller said.

Blue Mountain is the highest vertical mountain in Pennsylvania 1,082 ft. and offers 33 trails on 155 acres for all level skiers and boarders. Nine lifts make it fast and easy for you to experience as much of the different trails and slopes as possible.

Not only is this mountain made for skiing but it also offers a huge snow tubing park.

“When I got to the top of the mountain and looked out, I was shocked and nervous at how high up we were, and I kept thinking this is going to be a long trip down the mountain either on my board or on my butt,” junior political science major Kellie Levy said.

Cabrini will hold another bus trip to Blue Mountain on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Jessica Wegelin

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