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Whitman Wire

Vol. CLIV, Issue 10
Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Whitman news since 1896

Whitman Wire

Illustration by Uma Bratt

Alpine Ski Team Shreds On and Off the Slopes

Isabel Mathy, Campus Life Reporter February 22, 2024

Every winter the Whitman Alpine Ski Team competes against a variety of colleges around the Pacific Northwest on the nearby snowy slopes. The team competes in downhill ski races throughout the season,...

Backcountry Club balances safety and fun as the new season approaches

Charlie Hunter, Campus Life Reporter November 3, 2022

The Whitman Backcountry Club is gearing up for another season this winter. With movie nights, weekend trips to Oregon and courses on avalanche safety in the near future, the Backcountry Club is focused...

Photo contributed by Corina Arroyo.

Whitman EMTs serve and get to know Walla Walla community

Emma Foley, Feature Editor April 9, 2021

Several Whitman students have become emergency medical technicians (EMTs) while they are in school, a path that they say is difficult but often rewarding because of the connections they forge with...

Skiers wary of budget cuts

Sylvie Luiten March 1, 2012
Three years ago, the Varsity Ski Program was cut at Whitman, causing an uproar among students, and fear among the skiers about the future budget.

Ski team gets ready to hit the slopes

Tyler Hurlburt December 9, 2010
With a large class of new skiers, the alpine ski team is gearing up for its upcoming season.
Bluewood bus seats remain empty after registrants do not appear on scheduled trips. Credit: Kim.

Bluewood Ski Bus deals with no-shows

Alex Jeffers March 5, 2009
Throughout this semester, Whitties have benefitted from a Saturday morning ski bus to the Bluewood ski area, a service made possible by left over ASWC funds from previous years. To take advantage of this opportunity, all one has to do is find the sign-up list in the OP office, write their name down, and show up at 8:30 am on Saturday. This seemingly simple task, however, has proven difficult for many. Many students sign up for the ski bus and then fail to attend. Whether this is a result of late Friday nights, poor memory, or plain apathy, one thing is clear: signing up for the ski bus does not entail a lot of commitment.
Simon Pendleton, ‘11, skiing at Telefest at Bluewood over the weekend. The festival celebrated Telemark skiing, over 7000 years old. Credit: Falltrick

Telemark ‘community’ celebrated at Bluewood

Shannon Buckham February 26, 2009
It all started in Norway about 7,000 years ago. What Assistant OP Director Salmon Norgaard-Stroich calls a “granola," “hippie" and “retro" sport has been around long before the cavemen were replaced by sophisticated counterparts. This little piece of history—telemark skiing—was celebrated at Bluewood Mountain last weekend. Originally called “free heel skiing," telemark skiing was at one point the only way to ski. In the mid-1800's, skiing pioneer Sondre Norheim, a resident of Telemark, Norway, invented the “telemark turn." In the Winter Olympics, skiers are required to land in the Telemark position. The “Carrying of the Torch" still begins in Norheim's hometown.
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