NEJETAA Annual Ski Trip–A Shared Experience
At the end of January, New England JET Alumni Association hosted the 4th Annual Northeast Region Ski Trip at Killington Ski Resort. This was our biggest ski trip yet–30 JET alumni and friends of JET from all over New England, New York, DC, and even Ottawa reunited or met for the first time in Vermont.
This kind of a trip is the perfect opportunity for JET alumni old and new to come together. We had JETs who have been back for 10 years now and ones who just returned last summer. There is something really special about getting so many people who have a shared experience together in one place. Even though we were all sent to different prefectures in Japan, we all end up back home as JET Alumni.
JET Alumni and friends on Sunday afternoon (Photo Cred goes to Leslie Risak)
Dinner at The Foundry! Every time! (Photo cred goes to Leslie Risak)
This is what Pam Kavalam, the JETAANY President had to say about the trip:
“Had such an awesome time with you all. I heard a rumour that this was the best JETAA international cross chapter trip (4 chapters represented!) EVER! Big thank you to Dan, Rachel, Matt and the whole team who put this together. (And Mike for driving the whole JETAANY crew singlehandedly!). Here’s to another great 30 years!”
Great Northern, Killington Mountain
Secret Lunch Spot: Sunrise Cafe (But I guess it’s not a secret anymore…)
When we asked our fearless leader Dan Lowe what we enjoys most about the ski trip, he had this to say:
“The success of the NEJETAA Ski Trip is tied to the number of people and chapters represented. A unique sense of community forms when a diverse group sharing a common JET experience comes together to have fun, network, and share common passions. The JET Program in turn benefits from an active alumni community, energized by chapter initiatives such as this.”
Thanks for always having us back, Summit Lodge!
And last but not least, we had to ask Alex Svetlovsky, JETAA Ottawa Senior Advisor, why he has crossed the Canadian border four years in a row for this trip.
“I’ve gone to the NEJETAA Ski Trip four years in a row, now. The first year, NEJETAA reached out to nearby chapters while I was the president of JETAA Ottawa. The trip was very appealing – a whole group of JET alumni in one place for a ski trip. Three of us all gathered in my car and drove the six hours down to arrive very early on Friday.
That first trip there was magical for me.
I met so many new friends – ones that I still stay in contact with four years later, even though they’ve only gone once. The trip is that perfect mix of new people to meet, a shared experience between us all, and an ideal venue. The skiing is secondary to me; all the warm memories I have from my four trips are of the different smiles and adventures with the people I’ve met. That, and the hot tub. I would recommend the trip to anyone – skiers and non-skiers alike. Come for a weekend ski getaway, keep coming back for the warmth and friendships developed.”
Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate 30 years with us! We hope to see you next year!