Yale Ski Trips – Yale Daily News


Ellie Huh

In the middle of mid-season? Hundreds of pages of reading to do? Writing papers? Quizzes to study? Need to figure out summer plans?

An email appears in your inbox: [insert college name here] Ski trip.

You have never skied? No matter. One of your friends calls you in the middle of class and another sends three text messages.

It reads: Ski trip registration is complete. it fills up fast. let’s go nowww.

Why not? Sign up to wake up at 5 a.m. – after going to bed at 2 a.m. the night before – to go skiing. You’ve only skied once before, but that shouldn’t really matter, should it? You’re okay. Like magic, you have money lying around. It was supposed to be Woad’s money, but that’s okay, you can always withdraw from the bank another time. After all, $40 for a day pass for all the lifts and rental of all the equipment you need is a real bargain. Thank goodness Yale is a billion dollar institution and can subsidize these ski trips for its students. You complete all the forms and leave the college office.

The ski trip is a lot of drops, ups, down hills way too hard for you, eating a full lunch to eat sitting on the snow – you’ll never be more thankful for the snow pants – in you debating lifts – raise your tips – and bonding with your college mates – or whatever they’re called.

At the end of the day, when you’re on your way home, whether [insert your college name here], or another – less good – resco, looks like it was an exciting day. Maybe you learned to ski for the first time, maybe you learned that you shouldn’t go down black slopes, maybe you learned that you have a really, really good friend who will be waiting for you at the thoroughly and make sure you’re okay after falling headfirst into the snow, maybe you never want to ski again, and maybe you’re already planning your next ski trip.

But what might almost go unnoticed, being part of one of the most elite institutions in the world, is that skiing isn’t as accessible as walking to the [insert your residential college here] College Office, by registering and paying a $40 fee. The only reason ski travel is a tradition at Yale is because it’s an elite tradition, and at this elite institution, it’s the kind of activity that its students do.” should” participate.

Don’t get me wrong, resco ski trips are amazing – not only accessible to all Yalies, rescos provide financial assistance for those who can’t afford the fees, but also a bonding experience and just plain fun – but they also reflect part of what Yale continues to be, at its core, elite.


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