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Dealing with the logistics that go into planning a winter ski retreat can be overwhelming. So at SWO, we eliminate the hassle by providing an environment where students can have fun skiing and snowboarding, but can also be challenged in their relationship with Christ. We will plan everything for you, so you can just enjoy the weekend.

Ski or no ski, the choice is yours. By intentionally pairing our staff with your group, we are able to individually invest in the lives of your students during meals, services and recreation but also on the ride over to the slopes, while teaching them to ski/snowboard, riding the lifts and skiing with them through the night.

We typically ski during twilight hours at Cataloochee Ski Area (, which make for smaller lines and a more affordable ski trip. A ski retreat at SWO runs 2-3 nights and includes accommodations, worship and teaching sessions, on-campus recreation, lift ticket and ski rentals.

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

*Ski/Snowboard lessons are available at Cataloochee for an extra charge.

Session 2 Schedule

2-night Ski Schedule

2-night Winter Schedule

3-night Ski Schedule

3-night Winter Schedule


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  • Winter SWO 1: Dec. 27-29
  • Winter SWO 2: Dec. 30 – Jan. 1
  • Winter SWO 2: Dec. 30 – Jan. 2
  • Winter SWO 3: Jan. 5-7
  • Winter SWO MLK: Jan. 12-14
  • Winter SWO MLK: Jan. 12-15
  • Winter SWO 5: Jan. 19-21
  • Winter SWO 6: Feb. 2-4
  • Winter SWO Pres. Day:
    Feb. 16-18
  • Winter SWO Pres. Day:
    Feb. 16-19