Kaitlynd Hiller (1L)

Coming into law school I was told that there were certain extracurriculars NOT to be missed: SLS, Law Show, and Ski Trip. So when the time came, I signed up without a second thought. No deposit, just a full payment. I was excited. But then…I kind of forgot about it. All of a sudden it was the first week back and I realized that I had done absolutely no planning for the trip (I didn’t even know whose room I was in until I was on the bus!). But despite going into it blind and woefully unprepared, ski trip lived up to the hype. I was placed in a room with a handful of 2Ls who were immediately welcoming and warm (shout-out to Jenny, Bri, Emma-Lee and Mikayla for taking in this straggler and making her feel at home). It turned out that we were all around the same skill level, so we mostly skied as a group on Friday and Saturday. By the end of the trip we had elevated our shred level from “happy blues” to “black diamonds as long as they are wide and there’s not too many trees”. Our room was quiet and chill which was perfect for taking naps after a long day at the hill and going to bed whenever we wanted. However, there was one alarming (and still unsolved) incident wherein four Strongbow ciders went missing from our fridge without explanation—and a sandwich appeared in their place. Was it a drunken wanderer desperate for some additional alcohol? Was it a ghost? Was it magic? We may never know. But I do know that the true magic of ski trip is that you can make it whatever you want it to be. I happily explored every vibe. Relaxing in my room by the fire with a snack and a glass of wine, playing games and hot tubbing with a few friends, trying (sort of successfully) to do some school work, and of course cramming into one poor person’s unit for some excellent party time. I appreciated the opportunity to not only rest and recharge, but to spend quality time with classmates who I haven’t had the opportunity to hang out with outside of school. Although next year I will probably plan better, I wouldn’t want to change how any of it unfolded this time around. Thanks everyone for a great trip, and here’s to doing it all again next year.