WINTER & SKI RETREATS (FOR STUDENTS)
Exiles – A Study in 1 Peter
Even though 1 Peter was written 2,000 years ago to Christians scattered across the Roman empire it still has so much to tell us today. The whole point of Peter’s letter was to help God’s people know how they needed to be faithful to God while living as sojourners and exiles on this earth. There couldn’t be a better description of the situation we find ourselves in today. In light of this, it is crucial that we too fight against the spirit of this world and the influence that he wants to have on our thinking, our fight for holiness, and our gospel witness in the world.
Whether you choose to ski or to focus on our on-campus activities, come join us as we challenge students with the Gospel of Jesus Christ!
December 27-30, 2021
Dec. 31, 2021 – Jan. 3, 2022
January 14-17, 2022
February 18-21, 2022
You’ve got options
- 2 nights – Recreation at SWO
- 2 nights – Ski at Cataloochee
- 3 nights – Recreation at SWO
- 3 nights – Recreation at SWO + Ski at Cataloochee
“I love the depth in the word that is preached and the investment in our students lives, that’s what makes the weekend.”
Andy CarrStudent Pastor
“There is nowhere else that I know of that has teaching as sound and equips staff to engage students on such a personal level.”
Ryan VonCanonStudent Pastor, Calvary on Aimwell
“The Scriptures were exposited in a way that the students could understand and keep up with, while also not watering down the text at all. The Gospel saturated every bit of the teaching and worship.”
JT OverbyStudent Pastor, Overbrook Baptist
Planning a youth ministry ski trip can be overwhelming. Planning food, lodging, and a worship band leave little room to build relationships. We drop the logistical hassle by partnering with student pastors to reach their goals. Whether you choose to ski or enjoy our ropes course on-campus, your students will build relationships that point to Christ. We will plan everything for you, so you can enjoy the weekend.
Our staff is passionate about leading fantastic recreation experiences and Gospel-driven discipleship. Small group leaders will partner with your church on a close staff to student ratio, ensuring plenty of time to process the teaching they sit under.
Frequently asked questions
Winter SWO Schedule
Schedule may change, check the Snowbird app for most current updates.
- 5:00 pm – Arrival & Check-in
- 6:00 pm – Dinner
- 7:00 pm – On-Campus Recreation
- 9:15 pm – Worship Service at North Campus
- 10:15 pm – Small Groups
- 10:45 pm – Snack Shack, Fire, SWO Underground
- 7:45 am – Breakfast
- 9:00 am – Worship Service at North Campus
- 10:15 am – Share Groups
- 11:00 am – Departure
2 and 3-night retreats are available for each date.
Winter SWO Conferences
Winter SWO conferences include teaching, worship, meals, lodging, recreation, and small groups. For students groups who are not skiing, we have a top-notch ropes course available, with cable swings, zip-line, and four-sided climbing tower. Snowbird also houses a paintball course, archery tag, and gun range. You can learn more and view photos on the recreation page.
Ski Retreats (optional addition)
We typically ski during afternoon and evening at Cataloochee Ski Area. Ski retreats include accommodations, worship and teaching sessions, on-campus recreation, lift ticket and ski rentals. In the past, several churches have preferred one night of skiing combined with one full afternoon of on-campus recreation.
Get the FAQs
Snowbird Wilderness Outfitters exists to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the exposition of Scripture and personal relationships in order to equip the Church to impact this generation.
This Gospel-driven mission is what every one of our retreats is focused on.
Or, jump into our published resources and session recordings to get a sample of the teaching at SWO.
How do I register and prepare for arrival?
Click the button below to set up your Snowbird account and pay a small deposit (per person) to register your group.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out. Call us at 828.321.2210 or email us anytime. We’re here to help!
What is does a Snowbird Winter Retreat look like?
Our winter and ski retreats include solid biblical teaching, Gospel-focused worship, high-adventure recreation, and small groups with your best friends.
If you register to ski, then you’ll leave for Cataloochee right lunch to ski through the afternoon and evening. Your assigned SWO staffers will join you, but you’ll want to make sure you have enough adults on hand to help your students stay organized and have a great time.
Snowbird will provide dinner. Snacks will also be available for purchase at the resort.
Beginner Ski & Snowboard Lessons can be added for an additional $12 and must be added within the individual family account. (Steps: 1. Parents will log into their Snowbird Account 2. Click “View Itineraries” 3. Click on the participant’s name. 4. Click “Activities” 5. Select “Ski/Snowboard Lesson” & pay with a card.)
What should we bring?
Check out our What to Bring page to learn all the details for your Winter SWO student retreat.
What recreation do you provide?
Your recreation schedule will vary depending on the type of Winter SWO retreat you register for. Contact us with any specific questions, but our on-campus recreation day includes options such as this: climbing tower, aerial park, zip line, 3-man swing, archery tag, basketball court, and a paintball course.
If you plan to ski one evening, then visit Cataloochee.com to learn more about their ski slopes.
What types of housing do you provide?
We have over 14 cabins on our campus, divided by bedrooms for each group. They each provide twin-sized bunk beds, air conditioning, and heat. Our cleaning team takes great pride in keeping things clean but the buildings are primarily functional.
You’ll need to provide your own bedding, pillow and towels. One of our 4 bathhouses is always a short walk from each cabin.
Do we need to provide our own ski gear?
Tuition includes everything needed for the weekend — lodging, meals, worship & teaching sessions, and on-campus recreation. As well as a lift ticket and ski/snowboard rentals if you are registered for a “Ski Spot”. Ski Bibs, jackets, and helmets are available to rent if needed — upon arrival at Cataloochee. Parents will need to send cash with their students for any clothing rentals.
Will transportation be provided to and from the Cataloochee Ski Area?
No, you must provide your own transportation to and from the Cataloochee Ski Area, which is approximately 70 miles to Cataloochee.
The entire drive is on paved roads. The majority of the drive is on a state-maintained highway. The last 15 minutes of the drive will climb the mountain to the ski resort. This is a road that large buses (including charter buses) are usually able to travel.
What will my “non-ski” attendees be doing while the rest of my group is skiing and snowboarding?
There is a group lodge at Cataloochee that Snowbird has full access to. Students who will not be skiing or snowboarding will be able to stay in the group lodge. They will have the opportunity to see your skiers come down the mountain & ride the ski lift back up, as well as choose between several card/ board games to play, or even watch the sports game that is on!
If your group has several nonskiers who may wish to stay back at SWO please contact the SWO office to see if arrangements can be made!
How do I add or drop additional spots to my group?
You can add additional spots to your group as long as the retreat is not full. The best way to find out is to open your Snowbird Account and see if there are any remaining spots open for the retreat. However, you’ll want to only register spots that you’re certain you’ll need. The deposit is non-refundable.
Check our Registration Guide for details on how to invite specific students to your group via email.
What if I do not know how to ski or snowboard?
Ski/Snowboard Lessons can be added for an additional $12 and must be added within the individual family account.
- Parents will log into their Snowbird Account
- Click “View Itineraries”
- Click on the participant’s name.
- Click “Activities”
- Select “Ski/Snowboard Lesson” & pay with a card.