Youth Ski Trip & Retreat February 14th-17th, 2020

Sponsored by 1st Presbyterian Church

Dates: February 14th-17th, 2019

Who: Any Middle & Senior High Youth (6th–12th grade)
12 yr-old & younger siblings must be accompanied by an adult, unless otherwise approved by Mr. Hilton (Coach D). Parents of children under 12 will need to secure separate family lodging.
Chaperones– A reduced rate for the trip will be offered for chaperones for the trip. First pay, first reserved spot! Chaperones will be required to assist keeping kids safe, but also assist in preparing meals and any other reasonable requests from Coach D. There are 20 Spots total to include youth (6th-12th grades)

Event: The youth skiers/snowboarders and their adult chaperones will stay in Leadville, Colorado at rented houses for the extended weekend in February (why yes all schools in USD 383 are out on Monday, Feb 17th). The students will be missing school on Friday, Feb 14th. We will be meeting at 6:00am at First Presbyterian Church Friday, February 14th. The vans will be leaving between 6:00am and 7:00am. Friday night we will get our ski equipment and prepare our bodies with plenty of rest and water. Leadville and it’s mountains are a base elevation of 10,500 ft with a top elevation of 11,700 ft. Manhattan, Kansas has an elevation of 1,020 feet, so there will definitely be some adjustments in our bodies. Therefore, steering clear of diuretics like soda and drinking plenty of water will be strongly encouraged. On Saturday, we’ll spend the majority of the day skiing/snowboarding at SKI COOPER. OPEN TO CLOSE! Sunday morning, we’ll get up again on the mountain skiing/snowboarding (OPEN TO CLOSE!) and find some opportunities to spend time in the Word and have more focused fellowship at the end of the day. This extended weekend trip is full of winter recreation, worship, and lots of fun together! Last year was a huge success and blessing. Let’s pray for the same kind of enjoyment, safety, and success.

Time: Friday at 6:00am through Monday, time to be determined. We will meet in the parking lot of First Presbyterian Church at 801 Leavenworth St., Manhattan, KS 66502

Travel/Lodging: The chaperones will drive all youth to and from Leadville, Colorado. We will stay at two separate homes(The Hen House-Girls & The Red Brick House-Boys) in downtown Leadville, CO. Meals will be provided Friday evening for Dinner; Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner on Saturday and Sunday, along with breakfast Monday morning. ALL OTHER MEALS ENROUTE, EACH INDIVIDUAL WILL NEED TO PAY FOR THEIR OWN. This would amount to two lunches on the road, plus snacks. We have secured two 15-passenger vans for our travel. Youth will be separated according to age group in each cabin for sleeping. Youth will need to bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Detailed packing information will be provided once you register.

Cost: DOWN PAYMENT OF $200 IS REQUIRED TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT ON THIS TRIP. $400 per person covers all travel, 3 nights lodging at Red Brick House (Boys) and The Hen House (Girls) including breakfast, lunch, and dinner, ski or snowboarding rental, equipment insurance, helmet rentals, and lift tickets. Anyone interested in a lesson may go to Ski/Snowboard School. Let Coach D know asap that you would like to take with the ski/snowboard school and for how long- half day or full day and for either just Saturday or both Saturday and Sunday. Make all checks payable to First Presbyterian Church with “youth ski trip” in the memo line. Half Grant/Scholarships are available upon request and approval. Youth Director and Organizer, Damian Hilton, will do some education for first time middle school and High School skiers ONLY. Mr. Hilton is no substitute for the seasoned ski school staff at SKI COOPER. Snowboarders will be on their own unless they pay for lessons. KIDS UNDER AGE 12 must have ski/snowboarding lessons if they do not already have multiple experiences skiing or snowboarding.

Chaperone Rates: Skiing:$350(Roughly the Cost of Equipment) Non-Skiing:$275
(Contact Damian Hilton if interested in Chaperone duties at 785-341-7654)

Forms: In order to participate on this trip, you need to complete the registration form HERE.

Early Registration & *$200 deposit due by December 14th or as soon as your register, we will close registration when maximum number of people for housing is met. All registration forms are due by January 14th. Hand-deliver or mail a check to First Presbyterian Church, 801 Leavenworth St.
Manhattan, KS 66502 Make sure payment is in an envelope ATTN: Shiloh Vick
Questions? Contact Damian Hilton ( or Shiloh Vick (785-537-0518)

Parental Consent and Liability Release Form