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Shredding the Slopes

Ferris students gear up for winter sports season

by Published: Nov 20, 2013

Shred is a student organization on campus that is devoted all board-related sports. Shred members participate in boarding activities and sports all year round, from long boarding in the spring to snow boarding in the winter. Shred is open to all boarding enthusiasts.  Courtesy Photo Provided By: Scott Barger

Shred is a stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion on cam­pus that is devoted all board-related sports. Shred mem­bers par­tic­i­pate in board­ing activ­i­ties and sports all year round, from long board­ing in the spring to snow board­ing in the win­ter. Shred is open to all board­ing enthu­si­asts.
Courtesy Photo Provided By: Scott Barger

As the year’s end approaches and the snow begins stick­ing to the ground, many Michiganders hud­dle in their homes wrapped in blan­kets, wait­ing for the sea­son to end. On the other hand, many are eager to go out­side with skis, snow­boards and snow­shoes strapped to their feet, excited for the win­ter season.

The term “win­ter sports” encom­passes a wide vari­ety of activ­i­ties includ­ing snow­board­ing, lug­ing and ice climb­ing. Those who love win­ter sports have a lim­ited win­dow of time in the year to enjoy their win­ter pas­sions. Therefore, they are likely to be in the cold as much as possible.

Shred, a reg­is­tered stu­dent orga­ni­za­tion devoted to all board sports, makes a point of spend­ing a lot of time outdoors.

“We’re a big com­mu­nity,” said Scott Barger, Ferris busi­ness admin­is­tra­tion senior and pres­i­dent of Shred. “We wel­come all board sports, but we make a lot of plans dur­ing the win­ter. We have peo­ple going all over the state, but most recently to Boyne, Crystal, Cannonsburg Caberfae, and maybe even the U.P. this year. We are focus­ing on get­ting groups together to have a great time.”

Barger said he enjoys win­ter because the sports bring the pos­si­bil­ity of build­ing a big­ger com­mu­nity for Shred, which cur­rently has 180 mem­bers. According to Barger, almost every­body who joins Shred does so with a dif­fer­ent inter­est in mind. For win­ter sports they attract many snow­board­ers and skiers, but also some peo­ple who enjoy activ­i­ties such as ice climb­ing, which involves scal­ing a large body of ice using a rope and an ice axe.

“‘Shred’ isn’t just for win­ter sports; we do all board-based sports, really,” said Barger. “I’m not into win­ter sports as much as some of the other guys, but I’ve got a few I really enjoy. I’m really into ice climb­ing, and I’ll go snow­board­ing if my friends invite me. Shred isn’t about the sports; it is all about your own style and hav­ing fun. Shred focuses on bring­ing in those com­mu­ni­ties and mak­ing friend­ships tight and swerve. We are just a net­work. A group.”

Those look­ing to get involved with Shred may want to take lessons before strap­ping on a pair of skis.

Becca Rose, a stu­dent in the den­tal hygiene pro­gram, is also a snow­board instruc­tor at Caberfae Peaks. She rec­om­mends that most peo­ple to go through train­ing before hit­ting the slopes.

“I would say about 70 per­cent of lessons are peo­ple that have absolutely no knowl­edge of the sport and then the other 30 per­cent make up the peo­ple who have taken lessons before,” said Rose, “and som­times — rarely — we will get more inter­me­di­ate rid­ers want­ing to work on more tech­ni­cal aspects, or even tricks.”

Barger says to join Shred, all you need to have is an inter­est in any type of board sport and the will­ing­ness to meet new peo­ple. Shred plans trips to var­i­ous ski­ing and snow­board­ing resorts through­out the winter.

To become a part of Shred, join the Facebook group “Ferris State Shred.”