SGA Takes Trip to Squaw Valley

Summit at Squaw Valley


Tahoe locals know the traffic struggle when getting to the mountain on a Saturday morning, especially after a snow filled night.

Bay Area folk and eager skiers and snowboarders alike flock to the local area to catch early turns on one of the several ski areas. On the morning of Saturday, Jan. 23, six Sierra Nevada College students, accompanied by Will Hoida, joined the masses on the trek to the slopes of Squaw Valley Resort on an SGA sponsored ski day. Although the trip took a few unexpected turns, they did not stop the students from making the most of the adventure.

The group originally planned on taking a shuttle from the Hyatt parking lot to Squaw, but due to maintenance issues, they had to reconsider their means of transportation.

“We ended up taking the public bus to the mountain, but it became a kind of wild adventure with all of us riding on the public buses with our snow gear,” said Dean of Students Will Hoida.

The slow moving public bus made for a delayed arrival time, but also considering the fact it was a Saturday morning with fresh snow on hill, it took the group nearly three hours to get to the mountain. Traffic was at a stand still on both sides of Highway 89 with people determined to get into Alpine Meadows and Squaw, including the SNC crew.  

“It took a really long time to get there, but I’m just stoked I was able to ride Squaw,” said Senior AJ Black.

Black saw the positive side of the situation upon remembering he was able to ski Squaw at a mere $20 instead of the original $110, thanks to the SGA.

“We didn’t end up getting there till 11am due to traffic, but we still had an awesome time,” said Hoida. “It was a change of events, but it ended up working for us anyways.”

For Sophomore Emilie Amundsen, it was her first time skiing Squaw.

“I had a really good time, it was kind of windy but the snow was good,” said Amundsen.

She is a member of the SNC Freestyle Ski Team, and spends the majority of her days on skis.      “It was cheap compared to a normal ticket, and it may have taken a long time to get there, but it was definitely worth it in the end,” she said.

Look out for SGA’s upcoming events, including the Peter Grubb Hut ski trip and a spring break surf trip.