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College students take advantage of Granite Peak's early openingSubmitted: 11/18/2018

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WAUSAU - Getting college kids to wake up at 8 a.m. is tough when it's for class.

That's not the case when it's the opening of ski season at Granite Peak in Wausau.

"We're just kind of out here having a good time," club president Brandon Haines said. "There's no real goal in mind or race or anything like that. We're just out here having fun with each other."

Haines is part of UW-Stevens Point's ski and snowboard club, which comes to Granite Peak several times per year to ride, tailgate and enjoy the company of friends.

"This is a group of kids that likes to have fun," Rachel Tomasik said.


Former club president Scott Moline graduated from UW-Stevens Point in May, but didn'twant to graduate from hanging out with his club.

"I've got a big smile on my face now that I get to be out here and riding," Moline said.

Moline only had 20 members in the club when he started as president. By the time he left, more than 200 people signed up.

The club started posting videos of themselves doing tricks on their Snapchat account. That led to a YouTube page, and their popularity has only grown from there.

"It's just a way for more students to meet each other on the hill and off the hill, whether that be communicating or seeing that someone else is going up to the hill," Moline said.

Ever since they started, more students have gone from following the club on social media to following their friends down the slopes.

"It's just kind of a nice break away from class and lets you de-stress a bit," Haines said.


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