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Tech Snow Team

Active members: 15-20

Regular meetings:

Website: <http://web/snowboard/>

Contact: <team-manager@mit. edu>

You’re in New England. and soon there will be snow. If you’re itching to hop on a snowboard, you’re in luck -- you’ll have company: Tech Snow Team.

“Snowboarding is a new sport that’s really growing fast,” said Ryan M. Wagar ’03, the president of Tech Snow Team.

The Snow Team, which Wagar said is “more of a club than a team,” was founded last November “to build a riding community at MIT... Before, we could only ride individually... Now, we can ride with others and really push each other and improve.”

Tech Snow Team is for both experienced snowboarders and curious beginners, as well as experienced freestyle skiers. Team activities include teaching rookies how to snowboard, and going to contests. During the winter, they will have weekly snowboarding trips. They also get together to watch snowboarding videos, have barbeques, and tune up their snowboards, Wagar said.

For the interested but inexperienced, Wagar recommends joining the beginner bus ride in mid-February. Last year about 55 people went on this trip, and team members taught beginners the basics.

“It’s a good chance to learn something new and exciting,” Wagar said.

Seasoned snowboarders should consider attending a contest with the team, Wagar said.

For Wagar, the biggest draw of the Snow Team is “the social atmosphere.”

Tech Snow Team usually meets in the basement of Bexley Hall. The first meeting if the year is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 5.