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The backcountry skiing really gave me the ultimate experience of what Utah has to offer. We had amazing guides that led us every step of the way and made sure we were safe. I learned so much about avalanche awareness and now I go out with friends with my Level 1 Avalanche Certification. It has been such an awesome experience!
  

Brian Muller, Winter at Westminster '08
Basking Ridge, New Jersey

 

The Ultimate Integration: School, Skiing and Boarding

Winter at Westminster students enroll full-time at Westminster College during the spring semester. The 12–16 credits earned can be fully transferable back to the student’s home college or university. An academic advisor will work closely with each student and his or her home institution to ensure the credits transfer smoothly.

Winter at Westminster students have a variety of course options to choose from. Westminster College offers over 525 classes during the spring semester, highlighting business, education, aviation and the arts and sciences. To date, the most popular courses Winter at Westminster students have enrolled in are business, environmental studies, and psychology.  Some even enroll into our aviation program!
 

Skiing & Boarding

An average of 41 feet of “The Greatest Snow On Earth®” falls in our backyard each year. Utah’s famous powder can create a winter trance for most snow-sport enthusiasts. Winter at Westminster provides students with a win-win opportunity to study at an acclaimed liberal arts institution while adding 70+ days of “Vertical Degree” experiences. This program includes much more than just a season pass; it’s a whole semester of winter experiences, personal challenges, and professional growth. Take a look at the 2012 schedule for a better idea of day to day activities.
 

  • Enjoy a season passes: Choose from 1) Canyons Resort (www.thecanyons.com), 2) Snowbird (www.snowbird.com)  or 3) Alta (www.alta.com)
  • Experience First-Tracks...skiing/riding before the mountain opens to the public
  • Special day excursions to the following resorts: Canyons, Alta*, Snowbird, Deer Valley Resort*, Snowbasin, Solitude Mountain Resort, Brighton Resort, and Park City Mountain Resort
  • Ride the pipes and parks at The Canyons and Park City Mountain Resort (voted #1 terrain parks by Transworld)
     

* These resorts don't allow snowboarding. An alternative resort will be chosen on these activity days.

Backcountry

  • Tour the backcountry on a weekend trip to the Uinta Mountains for snowshoeing and yurt camping
  • Take a day trip into the Wasatch Mountains with Exum Mountaineering for backcountry touring
  • Ski from Deer Valley Resort, Park City Mountain Resort, Solitude, Brighton, Alta, and end the day at Snowbird—23 miles of the Wasatch mountain’s best skiing
  • Please note that you will spend approximately $150 on backcountry gear rentals if you don't already own it.

Avalanche Training

  • Learn about basic backcountry safety from Utah’s Avalanche Center
  • Earn your Level 1 Avalanche Certification
  • Tour with Alta’s or Snowbird's snow safety team and learn first hand about avalanche safety
  • Meet the best avalanche dogs in Utah and learn about their search and rescue techniques

Utah's Olympic Heritage

Students challenge their comfort zones trying these winter sports at the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games venues, with opportunities to meet former Olympic athletes.

  • Cross country skiing
  • Bobsled (you go about 80+ mph and experience 5-Gs!)

Guest Lecture Series

Winter at Westminster is about more than just skiing or boarding. Students interact with industry professionals, entrepreneurs, and Olympians, and learn how they achieved their dreams. These connections help students navigate their career paths and prepare for the working world.

Past Guests:

  • Peter Metcalf, CEO and President of Black Diamond Equipment
  • Nikki Stone, 1998 Olympic Gold Medalist in Freestyle Aerials Lecturer
  • Craig Gordon, Utah Avalanche Forecaster & Educator
  • Dean Cardinale, Snow Safety at Snowbird, summited Mt. Everest in 2005
  • Zach Lund, U.S. Skeleton team member and 2007 World Cup Champion
  • Chris Waddell, 5-time Paralympic gold medalist
     

Internships

Winter at Westminster coordinates internships with selected partners. These internships will be matched to the students specific skill sets: engineering, market research, communication, event planning, fundraising, science, etc. Availability is limited.

Past internship opportunities have been made available at these companies:

  • Ski Utah
  • Black Diamond Equipment
  • The Canyons Resort
  • Friends of Alta
  • Cottonwood Canyons Foundation
  • Utah Olympic Park
  • U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association
  • Utah Avalanche Center
  • Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Backcountry.com

NOTE: If you are considering an internship it is required that you have a personal vehicle for transportation. 
 

Equipment

Bring skis, snowboards, and backcountry gear. There is a 10–20 degree temperature difference between Salt Lake City and the local mountain resorts. Multiple layers help manage the temperature change.

Winter at Westminster participants will receive a 15% discount at Backcountry.com, redeemable throughout the entire semester while enrolled in the program. Rental gear is available through preferred rental locations.

Backcounty gear, such as skis/approach skis, beacons, shovel and probes will be provided to those who don't own this gear.
 

Transportation

Transportation will be provided to all scheduled W@W activities, excluding "open time" activities. We recommend you to have a vehicle on campus or carpool with other W@W students to take advantage of the accessibility to the mountains.

 

Note: The recommended ability level for this program is strong-intermediate to expert skiers and/or snowboarders.