Seattle Prep Ski Bus Offers Winter Opportunities

Leeds Rising, Staff Writer

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The Seattle Prep ski bus is a great place for skiers or snowboarders with any amount of experience.

While most students that attend have several years of experience, new skiers and snowboarders are always welcomed and are sure to enjoy a beautiful day at Crystal Mountain.

With the bus leaving at 7:00 A.M., most ski bus participants wake up close to 6:00 A.M. This makes for a tired journey most of the way to the mountain, filled with people sleeping and, of course, the “in-flight” entertainment of classic and newer movies. Once the bus arrives at Crystal at about 9:00 A.M., riders are energized and ready to hit the slopes. Skiers and snowboarders bundle onto the lifts and enjoy a couple hours of skiing before heading into one of the lodges for a warm lunch.

While lunches on the mountain can be expensive, they are still worth every penny. From roasted chicken to warm chili on hot dogs, Crystal Mountain’s lodges provide any cold customer with satisfying food to get them through the rest of the day. Following lunch, skiers and snowboarders usually try to take advantage of the smaller lines and go to different runs. Of these runs, some go to as high as 12,000 feet and are labeled as double black diamond experience runs.

After a long and tiring day, students return to the ski bus with snacks and funny stories of their days. On the way back, another movie is played and the bus becomes as loud as a Seahawks game. Arriving back to Prep at 6:00 P.M., students go home to relax or finish homework the rest of their Sunday evening.

Brad Thorson, a Seattle Prep parent, started the ski bus two years ago to help organize a fun trip for kids who love to ski and snowboard. As any participant of ski bus would tell you, the bus rides are always fun and there’s nothing nicer on a Sunday than to spend the day with friends skiing.