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Mountain time: Skier Eiel Bach (above) finds that Wyoming’s powder is just fine on one of his downhill runs at Targhee, as does snowboarder Will Gallagher at Jackson Hole (opposite).


Loes, whose father, John, is one of several parent chaperones on the trip. “Plus, you meet skiers from all over the city. I’ll definitely be doing it again next year.” After dinner, May gets up in front of the


group for some evening announcements. Helmets, he reminds everyone, are a must on this trip, just like during the regular season. So is the buddy system. There is a range of levels in this group from beginner to expert, but no Venturer skis alone. If problems arise, crew Advisors are equipped with radios and can quickly contact one another. Until this year, helmets were strongly


advised but not enforced in the program. Injuries on the slopes have decreased dramati- cally now that they’re a BSA requirement, says Dave Recker, a crew Advisor and former Scoutmaster. “It’s a great bunch, and we don’t like to


saddle them with too many rules,” says Recker as the group disbands for the evening before an early departure to Grand Targhee tomor- row morning. “But the ones we do have are


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strictly enforced—mainly for safety reasons.” “Hey, one more thing,” says May, grinning


and glancing around the room: “Who was the last person off of the mountain today?” “You were,” volleys a chorus of Venturers. In keeping with crew tradition, the last


person off of the mountain has to sing in front of the entire group. The room erupts in laugh- ter. May sighs, walks back to the front of the room, and clears his throat.


THE 7 a.m. BUS RIDE OVER THE MOUNTAINS to Grand Targhee, a local favorite ski area hiding on the western edge of the Teton Range, starts smoothly enough. Skis and boards are loaded by the Venturers, coffee is consumed, seats are taken. Chuck, the bus driver, deliv- ers the day’s first canned joke to a groaning crowd (“Why did the ram fall off the cliff? … He didn’t see the ewe turn.”). And the crew’s president, Christian Garman, does the morning head count. “They asked me to be youth leader last year, and I kind of turned it down,” says


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