Many students at Gull Lake Community Schools enjoy winter sports, like skiing and snowboarding. Ski club is an after-school activity that takes school funded buses to a ski resort. At Gull Lake Community Schools, high school and middle school students are taken out to Bittersweet Ski Resort on Mondays and Thursdays. Ski club helps students relax after a long day of school and is an easy way to get in exercise as well. Students stay at the ski resort until about 8 p.m., after arriving at about 3:30 p.m. for middle school students, and 3 p.m. for high school students.
“Skiing and snowboarding is a great hobby because it is fun, and it gives you a challenge to always be trying something new,” junior Nick Burr said.
Many Gull Lake students ski and snowboard every year, and for students who have trouble getting rides, ski club is a perfect opportunity. Bittersweet also offers a student discount if a student proves they attend Gull Lake Community School by showing them a student ID. Bittersweet encourages students to come out to ski, snowboard and hang out in the lodge.
For students who that are more advanced in skiing and snowboarding, Bittersweet offers competitions several times a year, having three different divisions for all levels of skiers and snowboarders.
“I like skiing because it gives you something to do, and if you really like it, it is easy to get better and progress,” said sophomore Hunter Snyder said.
Junior Jacob Mendles said that Ski Club is a good program.
”It helps to kids who can not drive get out there and get better,” Mendles said. “I think ski club is a good challenge and helps skiers or snowboarders progress.”
As dedicated skiers, Burr, Snyder and Mendles go skiing on the weekends and during Ski Club days. Gull Lake Community Schools has a lot of competitive skiers, and this is a result of Ski Club. The club starts as early as 6th grade at the middle school, so students have an early start to a hobby that they can enjoy and improve on for the rest of their life.
Bittersweet has everything that the students need. If students do not have their own skis to use, Bittersweet will take the time and find you comfortable boots to wear, skis or a snowboard and poles that go along to fit.
Bittersweet has a large cafeteria area with food and drink as well, and lots of places for parents to wait warm and comfortably for their kids to get done skiing.