Sarah Makowsky–News Editor:
If you’re looking for a winter experience, there’s still time to register for the annual International Student Activity Program (ISAP) Sun Peaks Ski and Snowboard Day.
The 13th annual event takes place Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. with two buses shuttling students between Sun Peaks and TRU.
“We’re three-quarters of the way through the tickets and we’re only on day five of selling them,” said program coordinator Rheannon Green.
“It’s a popular trip and we get a good rate from Sun Peaks.”
Though the event is run by ISAP, it’s open to all students.
“We get a lot of students that are really excited because they haven’t seen mountains covered by snow close up,” said Green.
Many are also surprised by the amount of people who ski and snowboard down the hill.
Some students went on the trip in their first year, got hooked and keep coming back.
“They have that initial great experience and keep going,” said Green.
Those interested in skiing or snowboarding have a variety of package deals to choose from. A lift ticket and transportation is $50. Beginners can have a platter lift ticket, equipment rental and lesson for $80. Novice or intermediate skiers can pay $80 for an all-access lift ticket and lesson and it costs an additional $20 if they want to rent equipment.
“Lessons are appropriate to the rider’s level,” said Green.
Students who don’t ski or snowboard are encouraged to spend the day exploring shops and restaurants in the Sun Peaks village. It costs $15 to take the bus up. Students can also make other activity arrangements on their own such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.
“We don’t want it to be just about people on the hill, we want them to experience Sun Peaks,” said Green.
ISAP has other activities planned throughout the semester.
These include a WolfPack hockey game on Feb. 18, learning to curl on March 11, indoor climbing on April 1 and a survivor challenge on April 15. For more information on these activities, visit www.truworld.ca/activities.