Trip to Cascade Mountain: The Mountain Beckons
By Alex Orlowski
After the disappointment of final exams being postponed, Northsiders’ spirits were in urgent need of uplifting. The sub-zero temperatures and snowy weather conditions were ideal for winter athletics. Fortunately, Ski and Snowboard Club members were planning their annual ski trip to Cascade Mountain, bringing along experienced skiers and newcomers alike.
Why ski, you may ask? Everyone has a different reason for their love of the sport. Reese Klemm, Adv. 907, president of Ski and Snowboard Club, said that “Skiing is a lifetime sport that you can enjoy for a very long time, and the places that you can go skiing are almost limitless. The winter can often be very bleak, so why not find a way to enjoy it?” Anastasia Wysocki, Adv. 104, also said “I love the rush of going down the slope and the pretty scenery you get to experience on various mountains.”
Skiing is a complex endeavor. It is a beautiful showcase of body kinesthetics, interweaving the finesse required for precise directional adjustments with the muscle strength essential for overall stability. Whether skiing at the recreational or competitive level, it is important to remember the famous quote by Edmund Hillary: “tis’ not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.”
The allure of manageable prices and outdoor fun attracted a record 60 people to the trip, quadrupling last years turnout. The attending demographic proved to be diverse; people from different grade levels and even other schools wanted in on the fun. Robert Szymczyk, an avid snowboarder from Lane Tech, did not think twice about participating, and said that “Snowboarding is dope and the price was unbeatable.” This trip marked only the beginning of cross-school skiing and snowboarding pursuits, with future plans set on combining ski outings between Lane Tech and Northside. “I'm graduating, but my sister is the Ski and Snowboard Club leader at Lane,” said Klemm, maintaining her optimism about the future of skiing and snowboarding at Northside. “I'm hoping that she and Anastasia will work together and create some more cool events and invite more people to join.”
When talking with the many first-time skiers participating in the trip, the trials and tribulations of skiing became readily apparent. One must mentally brace for initial failure, despite how deceptively easy the sport may seem. Skiing requires a lot of coordination and mental fortitude, and Sasha Aristizabal, Adv. 907, seemed to put it best:“I fell so many times, and boy did it build character.” Struggling at first is inevitable but so is the eventual improvement. After completing the beginner's lesson, Aristizabal quickly transitioned to zipping down the slopes and found the experience to be highly rewarding.
Cascade mountain is located in Portage, Wisconsin, approximately three hours from Northside. Skiing is most definitely a winter sport, so it is absolutely key to bundle up before hitting the slopes. Snow pants, gloves, eye protection, and wearing multiple layers are essential to ensure a safe and fun skiing experience. For those eager to participate in future skiing events, consider joining Ski and Snowboard Club to be updated on the latest skiing information. And for those excited to ski but not excited to drive three hours, consider going to the Four Lakes Ski Hill, which is a 30 minute drive from Northside and is reasonably priced.