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Webbies hit the slopes

Julia Fenner (’23)
Julia Fenner (‘23) shows off her newly learned snowboarding trick called a tripod and poses for the camera.

As winter comes to an end and spring begins, snowboarding is once again reaffirmed as the pinnacle of wintertime sports. The fresh snow falling on the mountains not only provides a picturesque view for those who live in the foothills, but it also gives snowboarding enthusiasts a great opportunity to escape to the mountains. Thankfully, for those who live in Southern California, there are multiple mountains within driving range that are open for skiers and snowboarders alike. Local Webb students are spoiled for options, as Mountain High is a little less than an hour away in Wrightwood; in addition, Big Bear and Mt Baldy are also close by.  

For Webbies looking for a weekend getaway and a big mountain skiing experience, there is Mammoth Mountain. Despite being five hours north of Los Angeles, the long drive is well worth it once arrived, as its massive runs and burgeoning mountain town hold unique opportunities for your bite sized vacation. Since Mountain High is only a short drive away, people can drive up just for the day or for a couple of hours.  

“We went up for the night skiing and it wasn’t overly crowded, Maksym Graham (‘23) said. “It was lots of fun to get to snowboard again, especially when I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to.  

Since so many activities and events have been cancelled and changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people were left wondering if hitting the slopes was even going to be an option this year. Thankfully, due to the social distancing guidelines, mask wearing policies, and other new COVID-19 regulations, the slopes were able to stay open all of winter.  

However, snowboarding season is slowly ending, as the sunny SoCal weather grows hotter and hotter with each passing day. This changing weather makes it harder for snowboarders to enjoy themselves, as the slopes become icy as the fresh powder melts away.  

As spring begins to arrive in California, Webbies in other states are still getting plentiful amounts of snow.  

“I usually drive up to Bear Creek which is about an hour away,said Julia Fenner (‘23), who currently lives in Pennsylvania. “I went the other day, and it was such a nice day and there was even some powder from the snowstorm the day before. 

Although snowboarding can be a very enjoyable activity, both beginners and experienced aficionados alike must be careful of the dangers involved in such a fast-paced sport. Just like any sport, there comes a risk of injury that, only multiplies if one falls on hard ice 

“I’ve been snowboarding since I was nine years old, but on December 30th, I caught my edge and broke my collarbone,Julia said. It was displaced about four centimeters and I had to get surgery. 

This injury serves as a precautionary tale for all Webbies who are eager to go snowboarding: be careful and be safe. Yet, as always, enjoy being outside and taking in the fresh mountain air!

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Connor Plunkett, Editor of Audiovisual
An expert of the humanities, Connor Plunkett (‘23) returns to the Webb Canyon Chronicle as the Editor of Audiovisual for his final year in the program. While Connor enjoys debating and listening to music — specifically Kanye West and MF Doom — most of his time is dedicated to soccer, a lifelong passion he inherited from his family. Whether he is hanging out with friends or enforcing the Honor Code as the co-chair of the honor committee, Connor’s charismatic personality makes him a standout presence on the Webb campus. Despite preferring challenging humanities classes with historical and literary analysis, Connor’s focus and expertise are the WCC’s media section, contributing to podcasts and vlogs alike. His favorite film is La Heine, and he’s currently reading The Brothers Karamazov, both incredibly intense and sophisticated pieces of media and perfect testaments to Connor’s originality and intellect in his approach to journalism. Connor can’t wait to revive “Austin on The Block” and draw future journalists into the WCC with his magnetic work.   Favorite song: “Devil in a New Dress” by Kanye West 
Abbey Cook, Staff Writer
Abbey Cook (‘23) shares many traits with a butterfly: she is social, friendly, and optimistic. If you can catch Abbey anywhere, she is most likely hanging out with her friends or at the soccer field playing for Arsenal, a highly competitive team. An athlete since she was five years old, Abbey plays club soccer at a national level and aspires to play at a division one college in the future. She sets the bar for herself very high, and this mindset will be useful when writing for the WCC; she can improve her writing skills and become a better writer. Although Abbey is already a positive contributor on her high caliber soccer team, she also hopes to be a productive member of the WCC and produce quality work that everyone can enjoy.   

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