Absolutely. Our team accepts all ability levels, provided that you have basic skiing or snowboarding experience and are able to navigate the mountain on your own. Most team members have little to no competitive race experience, while some are veterans from their high school team or USSA / FIS racing.
Being a team member entitles you to attend all team events on campus for free and gives you access to all race weekend signups. Team dues also go towards USCSA NJ Conference dues and USCSA National dues. On weekends you attend, the team covers:
-Round trip transportation (gas and toll costs)
-Racer registration fees
-Lodging for the weekend
Most importantly, being on the team means interacting with a welcoming group of like-minded but diverse students looking to share an amazing athletic and social experience.
Dues to be a member of the team this year are set at $250. In addition, there is a $30 fee for each weekend that you sign up for and attend.
This is an awesome deal! Between 2 days' lift tickets, 2 nights' hotel fare, and round-trip gas and toll expenses, a weekend skiing on your own or with a friend would easily cost you over $300.
Attending one weekend gets you your money's worth. Attending more (highly encouraged) gets you a steal, not to mention a ton of fun with your new friends.
The commitment level is entirely up to you! Some of our members are super committed and attend every weekend and event on campus. Others love to ski too, but only have time to come occasionally. You are not required to attend anything after joining the team.
Carpools, typically of 4-5 people, leave from campus on Friday afternoons (evening if necessary) for the mountain. Details are sent out beforehand, and then cars leave at various times to accomodate team members' schedules. Some students drive their own cars, while others drive rental vans after completing the University driving safety course.
After arrival, the team stays together at a hotel or motel near the mountain on Friday and Saturday nights.
Cars leave directly from the mountain on Sunday afternoons to return to Penn as soon as possible, typically arriving in the early evening.
Yes. Snowboarders may race in giant slalom (GS) or compete in slopestyle based on their preference, against other snowboarders in both cases. Only skiers compete in slalom races (SL).
This year, we will be skiing and riding at:
-Blue Mountain, PA
-Hunter Mountain, NY
-Mountain Creek, NJ
-Belleayre Mountain, NY
-USCSA Mid-Atlantic Regionals will be hosted by the Southeast Conference in West Virginia
-The location of the 2015 USCSA National Championships is TBD
See the race schedule for more details.
The other schools in the USCSA NJ conference are:
-Stevens Institute of Technology
At various times throughout the year, team members may receive an order form via the listserv for team items ranging from tank tops to hats to jackets, usually at a very discounted price. We encourage you to order some swag and represent your team on and off campus!
Being a dues-paying member of the team entitles you to attend all team events on campus (team socials, extreme skiing movie screenings, etc.) for free. However, race weekend signups and other off campus events are limited to a certain number of people based on capacity (usually around 30 for weekends), and as a result there is a possibility of being waitlisted. If you are unable to attend a weekend due to overcapacity, you will be given priority on the next weekend for which you sign up. In reality, team members seldom are waitlisted or unable to come on a weekend.
Once paid, team dues are not refundable.
The team does not supply skiing equipment, but we are happy to inform you about the best rental options if you don't own ski gear.