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Above, from left, Zachary Benjamin ’19, Kaitlin Gevry ’19, Christopher Gamble ’19 and Brenna Cerniglia ’19 ride the chairlift up to the top of the mountain.

Ski Club Enjoys Snowy Season

02/22/17

Zachary Benjamin ’19 of Billerica, Mass., vividly recalls his very first visit to MCLA as he considered where to attend college. Standing in the campus quadrangle, he saw mountains everywhere he looked.

“My decision was made,” Benjamin said.

It’s been a great ski season for the students who belong to MCLA’s Ski Club. With plenty of snow in the area, its members expect to take at least 100 students skiing and snowboarding this semester as they traverse as many mountains as they have time for over the next few months.

“Our goal as a club is to spread the love of skiing and boarding,” Benjamin said. “We understand that it can be a very expensive sport to get into initially, and we are fortunate to be able to provide great days on the mountain with friends at a very low cost.”

According to the club’s treasurer, Kaitlin Gevry ’19 of Dudley, Mass. (right), the club frequently welcomes new members, from beginners to well-seasoned athletes.

From the kick-off movie to the end-of-the-season party, the club is a great way to become involved in an exciting winter activity, Gevry added.

In addition, “Ski Club is a superb way to meet people that share the same love of winter, because there is no such thing as too much snow.”

This year, the club’s first trip was to Berkshire East in Charlemont, Mass. “The overall conditions of the slopes at Berkshire East were phenomenal and the mountain has a very homey feel,” Gebry said.

What’s the best part about being in Ski Club?

“Once the chairlift reaches the top of the mountain and you are able to take in the amazing winter scenery, and then take your first run down the slope going as fast as you can, you can feel the adrenaline pumping,” Gevry said. “After a long week of classes, the white powder clears my head.”

Christopher Gamble ’19 of Newton, Conn., the club’s vice president, said his favorite ski trip happened at Okemo, in Ludlow, Vt.

“The weather, conditions and mountain all lined up to make a perfect trip,” said Gamble.

A skier since age 3, he said the best part about being in the club is seeing new skiers smile when everything “clicks.”

“Many members have never tried skiing, or are going on their second or third trips with the club. Just this past weekend we had a ‘Learn to Ski and Board,’ opportunity where we paid for tickets to Killington, rentals and lessons,” Gamble said.

Other trips have included those to Jiminy Peak in nearby Hancock, Mass; Sugarbush in Warren, Vt., Jay Peak in Jay, Vt., and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, N.Y.