High School And College Ski And Snowboard Trips
Mile High Snow Trips

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High School Dates and College Dates:

We have been to Whistler, Jackson Hole, Tahoe, and Utah and we are working on 2014/2015 dates. Trips will be limited to 1600 people. (This may sound like a lot of people but it fills up quickly). All previous trips have sold out. The following is a generic description for a Salt Lake trip.

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Trip Overview
Want to have some serious fun on your winter break? Just wait until you see what we have in store for you! From indoor skydiving at iFLY and indoor wave riding on the Flowrider, to skiing and riding some of the best snow on the planet and having killer parties, Winter Break in Salt Lake is going to be an absolute blast! Even the T-shirts are cool! (For High School students, we will be bringing in the New Year with a huge DJ party at Studio 600.)

Having conducted several of these trips now, we cover nearly every single detail so you don't have to think about anything other than how much fun you will have and where to get your swerve on. Whether you are a beginner or a pro-level athlete, or just want to have a good time, there is something just for you built into this snow trip.

Sign up as soon as we open up the trip, as all activities are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and some activities will fill up right away! Discount deadline is October 31. Payments are due December 1.

  
  

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Skiing and Riding In Utah
Where to start? Well, you already know that Utah has some of the fluffiest, freshest, and driest snow on the planet. With over 500 inches of the good stuff falling each year, and predictably great conditions, you probably already know that Utah is one of the best places in the world to ski and ride real powder. In fact, as we write up this description, over 3+ feet of snow has fallen there in the past 24 hours. Powder Mountain (one of our favorites) was actually closed because of too much snow. Can you believe that? Now that's fresh, fluffy, and deep. Can you imagine if you were a local yesterday and today? Wow!

 
  

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Great Ski Resorts

We will be skiing and riding the legendary steeps of Snowbasin, the pipe, park, and slopes of Park City, both were hosts of the 2002 Winter Olympics, and the fluffy, deep, and nearly empty glades of Powder Mountain, which really does live up to its name. For those of you that really enjoy the backcounty, and riding the fluffiest of fluff, we are giving you a unique opportunity (a first for many of you) to experience what the words "untracked powder" really do mean. If real powder riding appeals to you, be sure to sign up in advance for the snowcat skiing and riding at Powder Mountain (no additional charge) and find out what we are talking about when we say fluffy! (Snowcat riding is not for beginners or intermediate skiers or riders. You must already be able to ride deep powder to really enjoy this.)

We always plan these trips so we can ride midweek and have the slopes to our ourselves. As you can see from these pictures, we usually get our way! So for all of you riders and skiers...come ride the fluffy stuff in Utah and get your ski or ride on!

   
  

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Food Near The Hotel(s)
After an exhilarating, fun-filled day on the slopes, we will be staying at hotels within a short walking distance to a major mall, shopping, inexpensive restaurants, movie theaters, ATMs, and our exclusive activities and nightlife. (We will provide you a detailed walking map in your participant package so you can quickly find food and ATMs.)

Night, and Other Activities
Some of our exclusive activities include the iFLY indoor skydiving, the Flowrider indoor wave machine, iRock indoor rockclimbing; glow bowling, mini glow golf, arcades, bumper cars, and food - all at Fat Cats - and all located within the Salomon Center; then there is laser tag, a themed (live DJ) party at Studio 600, an optional tour of one of the best Air Museums in the country (see planes from WWII to modern fighter jets), and much, much more.

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We will also have other activities, events, contests, and party games throughout the trip designed to help you meet and get to know other students - and they are all loaded with prizes (like passes to the iFLY and Flowrider, and VIP access to the DJ party at Studio 600). With several planned activities for the day and night, and several thousand dollars in prizes - everything from ski passes to snowboards to cash. This is one trip you really don't want to miss out on!

  
  

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Trip Dates and Timeline
High School: SOLD OUT
College: SOLD OUT

Buses will leave for Utah at 8:00am on the first day, from select locations in your city. (Don't stay out too late the night before!) Participant packets will be e-mailed prior to the trip with all of the planning information you will need, and a parent/student checklist. We will also conduct a video orientation on the buses, in route to Utah to get you familiar with the resorts, food around the hotels, and the Salomon Center.

After riding and changing on the last day, buses will leave Utah at approximately 4:30pm, and will arrive back home late that night.

Rest up because it's a fun-packed week!

  

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Trip Cost and What's Included
We plan these trips to be as economical as possible for each student going and we always try to make them as all-inclusive as we can. The cost of the trip is $499 or $599 if you sign up after the deadline of October 31. Plan up to an extra $200 for all food and tipping. This includes the following:

•4 nights of hotel accommodations
•3 of 4 days of skiing/riding (with one day off for the Salomon Center)
•R/T motorcoach transportation to and from Utah
•Transportation to/from resorts and all activities
•4 hot breakfasts at hotel
•Exclusive activities and events - see details below
•Cool prizes and giveaways (and one super, duper, big one)
•Official trip photos on CD
•Free trip T-shirt

                      

                            

In addition to all of resort lift-tickets, and snowcat skiing and riding at Powder Mountain, some of the exclusive activities that are included are; indoor rock climbing at iRock, laser tag, glow bowling, mini glow golf, arcade tokens, bumper cars, themed dance -live DJ- party at Studio 600, and the optional air museum tour at Hill AFB.

•Optional free lessons and terrain/snow guides are available each day at the slopes. Please sign up ahead of time on your registration form. And you never know who will be on the trip...hint, hint.

•Powder Mountain also offers night skiing (included at no extra charge) so there may be additional shuttles to and from the mountain on that day. For the advanced skiers and riders, we will include a snowcat ticket at Powder for no extra charge.

•For those that would like to participate in the indoor rock climbing, bowling, mini golf, or other major activity, we will need you to sign up ahead of time (no additional charge) on your registration form so we can plan and stage the groups. Some activities (iFLY, Flowrider, and iRock) each have their own liability forms (separate from ours) that must be signed individually by your parents ahead of time. So if you think you might want to do these activities, it's smart to plan ahead and bring the signed form(s) with you so you have the option. No forms will be available the day of these activities.

•For those signing up for the optional Air Museum Tour, at Hill Air Force Base, we will be randomly giving away 10+ iFLY passes, and 10+ Flowrider passes for those in attendance, as well as 1 other REALLY, REALLY BIG prize - only available to those on the air tour. Come learn first hand from real-life pilots about the planes they once flew. You'll also get a quick overview of flight, all the way from the earliest flights, to dog fighting, to the latest, most modern fighter planes of today, and many of these are on display. Bring your camera as (for those that know about this) they have the legendary SR-71 on display. This black, early stealth, spy plane traveled well over Mach 3 and could actually outrun a missile! They also have an collection of fighters and attack planes such as the A-10, (which has a nose cannon that could cut a house in half), an F-16, F-18, F-15, F-4, and several other planes from every era you can think of.

In our experience, with only a handful of exceptions each year, students usually want to make the trip as economical as possible. Based on this fact, we calculate the trip price based on the very best prices we can negotiate. If you would like to have less than 4 in your hotel room, please e-mail us ahead of time, to make arrangements. There isn't really a pricing guide as each request is a little different but hotel rooms average $100+ per night in resort areas and most are willing to work with us for special requests. We will do our best to assist you, but we cannot guarantee anything until the hotels confirm your request(s), availability, and pricing with us.

  

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What's Not Included In This Trip
•Ski or board rentals
Pre-plan your rentals, if needed. You can rent from the mountain or shop of your choice at home or on the trip.

•Lunch and dinners
While we include hot breakfasts at the hotel, everyone has different tastes for lunch and dinner. We will provide you with a list of restaurants within walking distance of the hotels, along with a detailed walking map, prior to the trip or at the orientation. The Salomon Center has several food choices within the building for when we are there, as does each ski resort.

•Souvenirs or extra spending money
If you would like to make souvenir purchases (hats, T-shirts, etc.), or purchase additional arcade game tokens, or participate in the iFLY ($40 including tip) or Flowrider ($25/hour including tip), please prepare and budget accordingly. If you would like, you have the option to pre-pay for iFLY and Flowrider on the registration form.

•iFLY (Indoor Skydiving)
iFLY ($40 total including tip) is not included in the price of the trip, as not everyone will have a chance, or will want to participate in a skydiving flight. For those of you that would like to participate, it is very smart to sign up ahead of time (on your registration form) as space and time will be limited.

iFLY has it's own liability form that must be signed by your parents ahead of time, so if you think you might want to take a skydiving flight, you must plan ahead and have your form(s) signed. Forms will not be available the day of the event. These forms can be downloaded once you register and will be part of the student/parent checklist.

Along with your training, gear, and personal instructor, you will receive two (2), one-minute skydiving flights and will experience the actual feeling of skydiving. Our group rate is $35 per (introductory) session and we require that you tip your instructor $5 per session. (You'll see why when you are there, as the instructor can make or break your flying experience!) If you are not pre-paying for iFLY, please plan ahead and tip them in cash. iFLY will have their entire staff on site that day to support our group, so we expect that you will treat them with courtesy and leave a good impression.

If you would like a DVD ($15.00) of your flights, let them know when you are ready to fly and they will be happy to make you one - or sign up ahead of time. (We got a DVD and it's pretty cool. You'll see it on the bus ride there!)

•Flowrider (Indoor Wave Surfing)
Flowrider ($25 total including tip) is not included in the price of the trip, as not everyone will have a chance, or will want to participate in this activity. For those of you that would like to participate, it is very smart to sign up ahead of time (on your registration form) as space and time will be limited. For some of you, we'll have to physically remove you from the water...it's that addicting!!

Flowrider has it's own liability form that must be signed by your parents ahead of time, so if you think you might want to ride the Flowrider, you must plan ahead and have your form(s) signed. Forms will not be available the day of the event. These forms can be downloaded once you register and will be part of the student/parent checklist.

Along with your training, board, and personal instructor, you will receive an hour of riding time to share with your friends (which is more than enough - as you'll be whipped). Our group rate is $20 per (introductory) session and we require that you tip your instructor $5 per session. (You'll see why when you are there, as the instructor can make or break your wave riding experience!) If you are not prepaying for the Flowrider, please plan ahead and tip them in cash. Flowrider will have their entire staff on site that day to support our group, so we expect that you will treat them with courtesy and leave a good impression.

Also, for the Flowrider, both guys and gals will want to wear swim suits and swim trunks that tie very tightly. Gals will want to wear board shorts and T-shirts over their swimsuits. If you have a rash guard or short, wet-suit top that could work as well. (We may have a couple of extras on site.) The water is 87+ degrees so you won't be cold but you could lose your suit! They have towels for your use, but depending on how many ride the Flowrider, you may want to bring a towel from the hotel, just in case. (Be careful not to lose it or they will need to charge you for it!)


•Tipping
On many of these trips, we go back to familiar locations, restaurants, and facilities. After a trip or two, the locals get to know us and you'll quickly find out that they really do go out of their way to help provide great service to you. They do this because they know that we are (hint, hint - wink, wink) respectful, courteous, behaved, and always tip their employees well. When we go to book a trip for the next season and it's already booked up, you'd be amazed how quickly things open up, and this is one of the reasons why. Do not be cheap when tipping, as this is part of the deal on our trips. Plan and budget for it.

As a rule, when you go out to sit-down restaurants in the area, you will want to tip 20% if you are in a group, and even more if the service was great. (Easy math: take the total of your bill and figure out what 10% of that total is, then double it.)

For your hotel housekeepers, it's customary to leave about $1-2 per person, per day (about $20-$24 total or at least $5 each for this trip) on the last morning of your stay. Leave it on the nightstand or coffee table with a "thank you" note so they know it's a tip. As we said before, we use a lot of the same facilities on these trips and they make special efforts to accommodate us, simply because they know we will take care of them while we are there. Always plan ahead and tip them in cash.

For your bus drivers, it's customary to tip (if they are nice and did a good job!!) about $10 per student - at the end of the trip. Or - if we have multiple drivers, during the trip, about $1-2 per ride. (Each trip is slightly different.) Always plan ahead and tip them in cash. They appreciate the courtesy and tend to let you get away with a lot more if you are good to them!!

If you participate in the optional Air Museum Tour (this is educational and very, very cool) we donate a set amount per student attending. Even so, when you see the museum, you will be impressed. They have donation stations throughout the facility. If you would like to throw in an extra dollar or two, it couldn't hurt. Keep in mind that we have 10+ Flowrider and 10+ iFLY passes to give away while you are at the tour and 1 really big prize so you don't want to miss out!

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For Parents (if applicable)
Parents, in the event that you do not wish your son or daughter to sign up for certain activities, such as the iFLY indoor skydiving, Flowrider wave riding, snow cat skiing, iRock rock climbing, or other activity, please send us an email to confirm your wishes, and also to prevent any unauthorized signups. We are not responsible for forged signatures, so we use this as a prevention tool.

During every snow trip, MHW™ (MHW) office staff maintain a mobile office with a full array of communications. In the event of a family or some other emergency, MHW security, medical, and office staff are available 24 hours a day, to assist parents and students. They are easily identified by their company clothing. Students and parents are provided with emergency contact numbers prior to the trip and again during the trip orientation.

MHW security staff conduct regular, daily patrols, and nightly room checks, to ensure the safety of all students and enforce respectable behavior. While the intention of the trip is to provide students with a fun spring/winter break experience, we must strictly enforce respectable behavior. Each student participant signs a Personal Conduct Agreement that clearly identifies the do's and don'ts of the trip and what will happen if they break the rules. Rest assured that after several snow trips, we don't miss much and know exactly what to look for.

MHW provides these snow trips and other adventures, to raise awareness and/or funds for our at-risk, youth and teen initiatives throughout the year. While we work with several different groups, we are not associated with a specific board shop, school, team, club, church, religion, or other organization. All trips are designed, organized, and operated exclusively by MHW and our professional staff.

 

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What To Expect
Stay on your toes. We have amazing prizes to give out and you just never know what to expect or when we might surprise you with free swag or a special appearance!! You can expect to have a great time, meet new friends, and enjoy the great snow and terrain of Utah.

 

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Activities On and Off the Mountain
We always have various contests, events, and exhibitions each day, but to give everyone more time at the Salomon Center we will limit the day activities to normal skiing and riding, and load up the night activities with additional cool prizes and events. To keep you entertained each night, we have our exclusive events and parties planned, and each night has it's own theme, such as pajama night, snow bunny contests, and live DJ parties. We'll let you know themes in your participant packet. And don't forget to pick up your free, Monster Energy drinks, as you will need them!

Each day is loaded with prizes, party games, and the unexpected, so it will be a fun-filled week you don't want to miss.

If you have additional questions, see our Frequently Asked Questions.

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