Winter at Westminster Activities
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
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.
* These resorts don't allow snowboarding. An alternative resort will be chosen on these activity days.
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.
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.
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:
NOTE: If you are considering an internship it is required that you have a personal vehicle for transportation.
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 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.