From weekly trips to Tyrol Basin to the Jackson Hole spring break excursion, Ski and Snowboard Club members know how to take advantage of winter.
As much as 4500 years ago, some guy in Europe thought it might be a good idea to go down a hill of snow using a ski.
Here at the Hoofer Ski and Snowboard club, we applaud this stranger's idea. When we aren't fighting off fire breathing dragons or saving damsels in distress, we like to ski and snowboard. Our members enjoy trips to local hills such as Tyrol Basin as well as out west to ski resorts in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and more! We love fun, snow, and all things in between! You should too!
Whether you're more comfortable on a board than your own feet or you're new to the sport, we're happy to have you in Hoofer SnS. We offer optional lessons through our partnership with Tyrol Basin, and if you're in need of some gear check out our annual winter resale! If you're an experienced skier or snowboarder looking for something more, we also offer Alpine, Freestyle, and Nordic teams that participate in a variety of competitions throughout the Midwest.
If you're ready to join us, check out our membership page for more information!
Black Lives Matter
A few weeks back, George Floyd was murdered by the police force in Minneapolis, and his death was the last straw for many Americans. Some of you may have been dealing with racism your whole life, others are allies, and some may not have been aware of the racial injustices in the US. Hopefully, in these past few weeks you have been taking time to learn more about racial justice and police brutality, especially as it is felt among our student body as well as the greater Madison community.
You all may have noticed that Ski and Snowboard (SnS) has been quiet; we have been taking a hard look at our organization and the unfortunate history of racial inequality within the winter sports community. We have been taking the time to examine what it means to be a Hoofer Ski and Snowboard member and how to support our entire campus community.
Here are the reforms that we will take:
- Mandatory MSC workshop for ALL Executive Members and SNS Leaders
- Offer a free screening of "Brotherhood of Skiing"
- Amplify the voices of Black skiers
- Here are a few you should know https://www.bostonglobe.com/lifestyle/2013/03/01/most-accomplished-black-skiers/uAxWXm3FutMXkjWUqeV3vI/story.html
- Here are their social media handles
Here is what we will continue to do:
- We will continue to offer $3,000 in grants to students of color and need-based students.
- We will continue to fund Big Brothers Big Sisters' annual Ski and Snowboard event to Tyrol Basin.
- We will continue to bring students from Meadowood Neighborhood Center school to Tyrol in the winter months to teach new skiers/snowboarders.
- We will continue to offer lessons at a reduced price every Friday during the winter months.
- We will continue to have a Hoofer Ambassadors liaison on our board and will work with Hoofer Ambassadors in fulfilling the following mission:
"Hoofer Ambassadors strive to make the outdoors accessible and welcoming to all. The outdoors allows us to heal and empower ourselves and each other: we are committed to providing everyone, with their many backgrounds and experiences, an opportunity to develop their own unique relationship with the outdoors. By connecting and celebrating our differences, we vow to promote allyship to each other and the Earth.", https://www.hoofers.org/about-hoofer-ambassadors#mission *See note
We at the Hoofer Ski and Snowboard club recognize the fact that Skiing and snowboarding has been a sport that is dominated the affluent and majority white. THIS IS NOT OKAY, but it is essential to say and recognize. We are currently faced with the question of how to change our community in order to foster a more inclusive and equitable environment for underrepresented communities on campus, and, for that, we need your help. We want to remove barriers that could make outdoor clubs unwelcoming and inaccessible to those who are not in the majority, aka white folks who are financially well-off and physically able. There needs to be a substantial rethinking of the language and behaviors used within the Hoofer community, because we are aware that these actions determine whether or not our outdoor clubs provide a welcoming environment to ALL students. Additionally, this conversation needs to continue. Even though our sport is largely restricted to a few winter months, discussions about racial inequalities within Hoofer SNS must remain a constant presence.
Finally, although we have outlined our action plan here, we must also listen to our members. If you have any ideas on how Hoofer SNS can confront the problems of racial injustice in our sport, or you need to be supported by Hoofer SNS, please reach out. JOIN US as we continuously work to improve Hoofer SNS.