Loppet Foundation

72 Hours in Ski Camp, a retelling…

This article was posted on Monday, January 14, 2019

By Andy Harris, Adventure Camp Director

*undisclosed, ridiculously early hour*

Wake up, eat breakfast, drink coffee, mild panic, drink more coffee, brush teeth, get up, get out.

*slightly less ridiculously early hour*

Arrive at the charming Loppet Adventures headquarters to find that the locks to the trailer that have all the ski camp skis in them have frozen shut. More mild panic, followed by inventive problem solving. Drive to Wirth. More coffee.

8:00 a.m.

Counselors arrive with light in their eyes. Set up shop…wait…

9:00 a.m.

Campers! Excitement, energy, laughter, followed by the harrowing trials of boot-fitting and ski-sizing.

… And so camp runs. Ski Camp 2019, with only 3 days to work with, often felt more like a sprint than a marathon — but perhaps it is most accurate to say that it was a marathon run at sprint pace. There were trails to be skied, jumps to be jumped, skiballs to be passed and scored, and hot cocoa, s’mores, end-of-camp-cookies to be made…and I could go on! But, by dint of waking up at undisclosed, ridiculously early hours, we were able to cram it all in there.

At the end of the day, the numbers can tell a story. 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., 01/02/2019 – 01/04/2019, 65 skiers — with 25 from North Minneapolis — 12 counselors — almost every single one a Junior Loppet alumni, and also with good Northside representation — two directors, n km of trails on a given day.

But what the numbers don’t count is the huge number of memories that filled each day, and the progress that each skier made in the course of 72 hours that went by, maybe, just a little too fast.

In our lovely new home, The Trailhead, and with the help of some incredible counselors and staff, we were able to put on a fantastic camp which will tide us over until next year. And then, really, the only thing on our wish list for Ski Camp 2020 is: more time.