Approximately 200 Humber students grabbed their skis and snowboards and hit the slopes last Friday morning in a trip to Snow Valley, Barrie hosted by the college’s International Centre.
“It feels good as you learn things, how to balance, how to stop. When I fall off, this is my only problem I can’t get up,” said Cigdem Teke, an event management student, laughing. “I love it. I just tried it, but I love it. Being here is like being in heaven.”
Laurie Bradford, advisor for the International Centre, said there are 120 countries represented at Humber College and the trip helps international students adapt to Canada.
“It gives international students an opportunity to try something they haven’t tried before, challenge themselves, be in a different environment and they can make some friends as well,” said Bradford.
Humber’s group consisted of120 skiers, and 85 snowboarders, said Madeleine Teixeira supervisor at Snow Valley.
At the resort an hour north of Toronto, the hills are divided between beginners and advanced. Each hill has instructors teaching individuals how to stop, get up, turn and how to balance their weight.
“We might not have the biggest hills, but for learning it is perfect. We do have snow pants, jackets, and gloves [available] but it all depends on the person,” said Teixeira.
Despite the cold, Daniela Sierra, a Humber student who came from Honduras seven months ago, loves the snow.
“This is my second experience. The first time, I went skiing, this time I decided to snowboard and I (definitely) like snowboarding better. I don’t know why, but I feel like I have more control of it,” said Sierra.
Teachers at Snow Valley underline that participants should feel unpressured and derive the benefits of the activity.
“[Skiing] is not about doing well, it’s about having fun doing it. It’s important to keep your self calm because it is a very frightening sport as first,” explained Chris Rush, an instructor at Snow Valley resort.
“Because you don’t get too much sunlight during the winter, it does affect your mood,” said Rush. “Just being outside in the winter in Canada is really important (because) if you’re not then it does affect you.”
The International Centre hopes for another such outing before the end of the semester.
“Last year we had another one in March, but it depends on the weather, interest, and budget,” continued Bradford. “We cover part of the trip, so students don’t have to pay the whole amount.”
Upcoming events for Reading Week include a Bubble soccer and a regular soccer event on Feb. 24 in Hershey SportsZone in Mississauga. For more information visit the International Centre at Lakeshore – H100, and North – LRC 2nd floor. Guests are welcome.