INCLINE VILLAGE, NV – May 21, 2014 — Some things are just better together. After a two year hiatus,Sierra Nevada College (SNC) announced on Wednesday that Tahoe’s only four-year accredited liberal arts college would be reigniting an international educational partnership with SASS Global Travel (SASS) for the 2014 “summer” ski and snowboard season in South America.
Students from any college can enroll and earn SNC credits 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.
ABOUT SIERRA NEVADA COLLEGE:
SNC is Lake Tahoe’s only accredited, four-year college. With a focus on four core themes (entrepreneurial thinking, professional preparedness, liberal arts and sustainability), Sierra Nevada College graduates will be educated to be scholars of and contributors to a sustainable world. Sierra Nevada College combines the liberal arts and professional preparedness through an interdisciplinary curriculum that emphasizes entrepreneurial thinking and environmental, social, economic and educational sustainability.
ABOUT SASS GLOBAL TRAVEL:
SASS Global Travel is dedicated to the experience of travel and action sports. With roots dating back nearly a decade in the Argentina backcountry, the present-day company seeks to create a community of passionate action sports travelers in both snow and surf. With the addition of the Rincon Surf School in northwest Puerto Rico, SASS combines unparalleled access to the goods with the best people, locations, education and professionals.