Earn college credit this summer snowboarding in Argentina with SASS Global Travel and Sierra Nevada College

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Let’s talk about one of the coolest ways to earn college credit this summer, ever. Through Sierra Nevada College and SASS Global Travel, students from any university can chase winter to the heart of the Argentinian Andes to take Freeriding 101 and avalanche safety courses, all taught by SNC faculty and coached by professionals. Yes, we’re saying the mountains are your classroom. From August 2-16, 2014, students stay on the SASS Argentina campus at Catedral Alta Patagonia, South America’s largest resort and learn from pro riders like Andrew Burns, Chris Coulter, Hana Beaman and a full coaching staff while getting diploma points and a complete Argentinian experience. Ditch the laptop, strap on your board instead. Get the full scoop below.


Press release from Sierra Nevada College and SASS Global Travel:

Students from any college can enroll and earn college credit this summer snowboarding while receiving internationally recognized certificates from the American Institute for Avalanche Research and Education (AIARE), led by the region’s foremost avalanche scientists and educators. Taking place in the Northern Patagonian town of San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina; the SASS Argentina program will host college students and professors as they ski and snowboard with South America’s largest guided backcountry program. Nicole Ferguson, Vice President for Sierra Nevada College was excited at the opportunity the new partnership presents: “This will allow students from any college to earn summer college credits with SNC while learning from avalanche safety professionals in real winter conditions… all while skiing or snowboarding and experiencing a new culture and language.”

SASS Argentina is a full service, big-mountain, backcountry, skiing and snowboarding camp for all ages. SASS takes advantage of the full-on winter conditions to experience powder in the middle of the North American summer. Operating from the base of Catedral Alta Patagonia, South America’s largest single resort, SASS boasts an all-star lineup of pro coaches and guides (including Garrett Russell, Robin van Gyn, Andrew Burns and Tahoe’s own Michelle Parker). Students will gain big-mountain experience and accomplish their goals while skiing or snowboarding in small guided groups, all while earning credits and developing avalanche safety skills.

Courses are offered during the first two weeks of the SASS Argentina program, from August 2nd to August 16, 2014. Program information and registration is available online.

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