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that concentrate on skiing and snowboard- ing—but it would be great if there were,” says May, gathering with Advisors, chaperones, and Venturers for some après-ski pizza back at the hotel in Jackson after an unforgettable first day on the slopes. “It’s a terrific way to provide experiences and opportunities that these kids may otherwise not be able to have,” he adds. “We try to cover all the logistics by keeping the costs down, providing transportation and adult support, and even offering free ski instruction over the course of the season. I think we’ve built a pretty great group over the years.” Today the group comprises more than


300 greater Minneapolis-based Venturers, who together travel to ski hills outside of town. The group attending this year’s annual spring break “Big Trip” out West have motored to western Wyoming for five days at two of the nation’s top ski resorts: Jackson Hole and Grand Targhee. “It’s always a group decision, our final ‘Big


Trip’ destination,” explains Chip Campbell, a crew Advisor and ski instructor whose daugh- ter is part of this season-ending ski voyage. “This year, everyone seemed in agreement that Jackson Hole was the place. It’s got a great, challenging reputation, but the group has been skiing all winter, so they’re conditioned for it. Judging from today, I don’t think anyone will be going home disappointed.” Between pepperoni slices, an array of


Venturers—old and new—are quick to confirm. “This is my second year with the crew and


my first big trip with them out West,” says Loegan Benkler. “I still can’t quite believe I’m here. I never thought I’d make it out to a place like this.” “There’s really no other way I’d get to go


snowboarding this regularly at all the major hills back home, let alone at places like Red Lodge, Mont., Copper Mountain, Colo., or here,” adds Keegan Cell, who has been on several spring trips with the group. “It’s fun skiing with my dad,” says Nicholas


At Grand Targhee Resort, Chip Campbell (in gray jacket) and Dave Ellgren (in red) prepare to discover why this area, located on the western edge of the Teton Range, has become such a favorite with so many ski and snowboard enthusiasts.


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