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Venturer Jason Dayton (left, from top left) makes good use of a bus ride to the slopes, discussing the day’s activity options with Scouter Dave Ellgren (second from right) and dad, Mike Dayton (right). Lift tickets allow Venturers Charlie Farrell, Heidi Campbell, and Darrin Levine (from left) to “fly” up the mountain on Jackson Hole’s aerial tram. While at the Grand Targhee Resort, adults Keegan Cell and Mike Dayton share a chairlift with Jason (from left).

raw enthusiasm, and hard-earned confidence. Needless to say, nobody in this group will

be riding the tram back down to the base this fine, blizzardy morning. This is what they bused 20 straight hours from the Twin Cities to experience. After a full winter of Sundays on the tamer slopes of Minnesota, this week of wild and radical adventure in the heart of Wyoming ski country is the ultimate expedi- tion for the ski and snowboard Venturers. “This is it,” says Ian Cochran, a boarder

from Minnetonka, Minn., hurling himself into a virtual whiteout with his crew of Venturing buds. “Stay together, guys.” “It’ll be easier to see down there in the

trees,” says Cochran’s pal, Kyle Lidstone, cutting a path through the churning snow and fog with fellow crew members Eiel Bach and Jon Roed. Soon he’s swallowed by the mountain, “Hey, where are you guys?” The next few minutes are a blind, mirthful

soundtrack of whoops, hollers, and laughter— mixed with the occasional ecstatic observation. “Wow! We’re definitely not in Minneapolis


anymore,” says an elated voice in the trees. “Hold up,” says another voice. “I think Jon

just fell. You O.K., Jon?” “Yeah, man. I’m good,” says Jon, catching his

breath. “What a week this is gonna be. Wiping out in powder is the best!”

PART OF THE BSA’S MINNESOTA-BASED Northern Star Council, the 25 teenage snowboarders/skiers and a dozen adult volun- teers are part of one of the more innovative Venturing crews in the country. The crew was launched more than 20

years ago in Minneapolis by some dedicated adult volunteers and a small crew of young ski enthusiasts. Their objective: provide a fun, organized, and affordable way for teenage skiers and snowboarders to hit the slopes, hone their alpine skills, enjoy the great outdoors, and meet like-minded peers. The group’s founder and veteran crew Advisor, Jim May, says this may be one of the largest snow- sports crews. “I don’t know of any others out there

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