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Gryphon House Ski Trip

Kevin Hu ’24
On February 4 and 5, students living in Gryphon House had an amazing opportunity to go to Mount Washington and learn to ski and snowboard.
We interviewed Jeffrey Ma ’24 to learn about his experiences during the weekend.

Can you give us an overview of your ski trip?
We had prepared our stuff for the trip and were heading towards Mount Washington right after school on Friday. We made a stop at a hotel where we spent the night. The next day, at 6:30 a.m., we left the hotel to go to Mount Washington where we skied and snowboarded until 3 p.m. Sunday was a similar routine and we headed back to the Gryphon House at 7 p.m.

How were the accommodations?
The accommodations were amazing. The room was big, my roommate and I had two large TVs for us to watch basketball, as well as a big washroom.

What skills did you acquire from this trip?
I learned how to snowboard for the first time. Though there were a lot of specific skills that I had to incorporate, I learnt a lot about how to use my body properly, such as how I should place my feet and weight, etc.

What surprised you the most when you were skiing or snowboarding?
I found that a big difference between skiing and snowboarding was that although snowboarding consists of a much harder skill set than skiing, it was much easier to master it.

If you were offered another opportunity to go on a ski trip, what would you do differently?
Definitely sleep earlier. I made a huge mistake on this trip by not getting enough sleep, which led to extreme fatigue by the end of my skiing and snowboarding. They were fun but I certainly would have enjoyed it more had I gotten the rest that I needed.

How much did you enjoy your trip?
Overall, I enjoyed the trip a lot and I would not hesitate to go on another ski trip like this with the Gryphon House should there be one next year.

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