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Take your studies to the slopes

Feb. 9, 2005

Houston Chronicle

Instead of a semester abroad, Salt Lake City's Westminster College is hoping to attract students to a semester on the slopes.

The private liberal arts college offers a pilot "Winter at Westminster" program with three students this year and hopes to enroll 100 sophomores and juniors next January, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The program gives qualified students an opportunity to participate in skiing and snowboarding with Olympic athletes and mingle with Utah's resort and snow-industry leaders while continuing with their studies.

Included are an interchangeable and unlimited season pass to Alta and Snowbird resorts; day excursions for skiing or boarding at six other resorts; avalanche classes and on-site field study with Snowbird's ski patrol team; and yurt camping and backcountry touring in the Uinta Mountains

Tuition is a bit more costly than a lift ticket. The program's cost: $15,400.