Weather permits snow sports

With the inches of snow Erie has accumulated in the past two weeks, Gannon University’s ski club and APB are taking advantage of the weather with a trip to Peek’ n Peak ski resort on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Tickets are now available to purchase at gannontickets.com until noon Saturday.

The club members include Elizabeth Rula, president; Lyndsey Walker, secretary; and Taylor Weingart; member and in charge of planning the ski trip.

Rula, a senior biology major, thinks it’s a great idea for Gannon to have a ski club.

“I’ve been skiing for eight years so when I came to Gannon, it was awesome to see a ski club,” Rula said.

Rula’s favorite season is winter; she likes seeing the white scenery and being out on the slopes.

As of Tuesday evening 53 tickets were sold and 59 tickets were left.

The ticket options for students to choose from are $51-Snowboard+Lift, $48- Ski-Lift and $23-Lift ticket only – for those who own their own set.

Tom Rennie, a senior criminal justice major, said he enjoys snow sports because he likes “to shred gnar.”

“My dad taught me to ski when I was in eighth grade because I obviously got older and wanted to find a way to be in the snow,” Rennie said

Weingart, a senior occupational therapy major, has only tried skiing once, but has decided to pick the ski trip because she had a blast when she went her first time.

“It’s the thrill of skiing that keeps me going even if I fall dozens of times,” Weingart said..

Walker, a senior physician assistant major, says the winter doesn’t seem quite so long when you have something fun to look forward to, whether it is skiing or snowboarding.

“I figure if we have the snow, we might as well use it,” Walker said.

“We are in a very snowy part of the state being right on the lake and I think that it is a great way for students to get off campus and experience the snow,” Weingart said.

Weingart is also on the APB executive board and came up with the skiing trip.

“I wanted to do a skiing trip because I want students who have never had the chance to go skiing before in their life to have the opportunity to go at a reasonable cost,” Weingart said.

Walker started skiing when her school offered a ski club in the eighth grade.

“It was a lot of fun to get out on the slopes with your friends and try something new,” Walker said.

Between Peek’ n Peak and Holiday Valley, there are plenty of opportunities to

take advantage of the winter weather, Walker said.

Peek’ n Peak ski resort is only 40 minutes away and Holiday Valley is only about an hour and a half.

“I would like to get another trip or two in this season if possible,” Rula said. “It’s just hard to set up trips when only a few members sign up to go.”

Everyone who attends the ski trip must meet at the Gannon Arch at 10:30 a.m. Participants will receive their ticket when they arrive at the resort.

The arrival at Peek’ n Peak will be around noon and departure is at 9 p.m. promptly.

 

COLLEEN LANGHAM

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