Ski Week has been a unique and integral part of Shawnigan’s annual calendar since 1973. Taking place in February each year, Ski Week is timed to take everyone off campus to a fresh, fun environment at a point when the usual dark, rainy West Coast winter days seem to be stretching unrelentingly on. Manning Park Resort is located in the beautiful British Columbian Cascade Range, and for the duration of Ski Week, Shawnigan takes over the whole resort, turning it into an experiential learning playground where students, teachers, and staff families spend memorable quality time together outside of the classroom.
The week is designed to be a tremendous experience for students of all skill levels. From downhill skiing, cross-country skiing and snowboarding lessons, to snowshoeing, sledding, snow sculpture, ski races, snow camping, and polar coaster, the days are a celebration of an active outdoors life, with the whole community coming together in the cozy evenings for broomball, karaoke sessions, our classic Reach for the Top quiz night, and the ever-popular Shawnigan staff skit, the Staff Review.
For each student, the Ski Week journey might look different—from embracing new snow sport skills to trying out a winter camping experience or taking on a leadership opportunity—but at the core are the shared aspects of rejuvenating adventure and a profound sense of togetherness. Each year, we return from the mountains to campus as an even closer-knit community than we set out.
Ski Week seeks to encapsulate our core values in a different, wilderness location – Curiosity leading students to try new activities; Compassion and support shown to beginners; Community-building underpinning the whole week; and Courage displayed by students facing fresh challenges, forging new friendships, and charting their own path in the BC wilderness.