Travel to South America, ski with pros and earn college credit. Wait, what?

Travel to South America, ski with pros and earn college credit. Wait, what?

Looking for a cool way to earn college credit? This summer, Sierra Nevada College and SASS Global Travel are providing the opportunity for students from any college to ski with top skiers, while learning from avalanche researchers and professionals to receive college credit. The program, based in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina, will be offered August 2-16, 2014 and will feature professional skiers such as Michelle Parker and researchers from The American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education. This is definitely a pretty unique way to expand your mountain awareness (in a damn cool locale, we might add), ski with the best, and get a little bit closer to that diploma. Learn more about the program in the press release below.

Press Release, SASS Global Travel and Sierra Nevada College:

After a two year hiatus, Sierra Nevada College announced on Wednesday that Tahoe’s only four-year accredited liberal arts college would be reigniting an international educational partnership with SASS Global Travel for the 2014 summer ski and snowboard season in South America.


Photo courtesy of SASS Global Travel

Students from any college can enroll and earn SNC credits while receiving internationally recognized certificates from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education, led by the region’s foremost avalanche scientists and educators. Taking place in the Northern Patagonian town of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina; the SASS Argentina program will host college students and professors as they ski and snowboard with South America’s largest guided backcountry program. Nicole Ferguson, Vice President for Sierra Nevada College was excited at the opportunity the new partnership presents: “This will allow students from any college to earn summer college credits with SNC while learning from avalanche safety professionals in real winter conditions… all while skiing or snowboarding and experiencing a new culture and language.”

SASS Argentina is a full service, big-mountain, backcountry, skiing and snowboarding camp for all ages. SASS takes advantage of the full-on winter conditions to experience powder in the middle of the North American summer. Operating from the base of Catedral Alta Patagonia, South America’s largest single resort, SASS boasts an all-star lineup of pro coaches and guides (including Garrett Russell, Robin van Gyn, Andrew Burns and Tahoe’s own Michelle Parker). Students will gain big-mountain experience and accomplish their goals while skiing or snowboarding in small guided groups, all while earning credits and developing avalanche safety skills.

Courses are offered during the first two weeks of the SASS Argentina program, from August 2nd to August 16, 2014. Program information and registration is available online.

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