WINTER RETREATS FOR STUDENTS

Winter SWO

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:

Retreat length

  • 2 Nights
  • 3 Nights

Recreation options

  • Ski at Cataloochee
  • High-Adventure Recreation at Snowbird

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“I love the depth in the word that is preached and the investment in our students lives, that’s what makes the weekend.” – Andy

“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

“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

The Details

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 are 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.

Winter SWO Schedule (tentative)

Day 1

  • Dinner
  • Recreation
  • Worship Service
  • Share Groups

Day 2

  • Breakfast
  • Worship Service
  • Share Groups
  • Lunch
  • Recreation (or Ski at Cataloochee)
  • Dinner
  • Worship Service
  • Share Groups

Day 3

  • Breakfast
  • Worship Service
  • Share Groups
  • Lunch
  • Recreation (or Ski at Cataloochee)
  • Dinner
  • Worship Service
  • Share Groups

Day 4

  • Breakfast
  • Worship Service
  • Share Groups

2 and 3-night retreats are available for each date.

More info:

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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.