Group shot at top of Hunter Mountain
From left to right: John Towey, Brad Lankler, Andre Contreras
From left to right: Mike Cash, Lee Goldberger, Christian Burgdorff
From left to right: Tricia Pizzi, John Towey, Mike Fitzhenry, Andrew Contreras
From left to right: Caroline Greenspan, Drew Palumbo, Isabelle Macdonald, Garrett Williamson
From left to right: Jon Macik and Mike Cash
From left to right: Abbey Conlon, Sian Scott, Sam Rembisz, and Meghan Clifford
From left to right: Drew Palumbo, Jon Macik, and Scott Thompson
Drop-In Adventures Shreds Hunter: Gears Up for More
Wednesday, January 23, 2013 • 11:00pm
Last Sunday, Drop-In Adventures, a Union County-based teen service and adventure company, took a group of forty high school students up to Hunter Mountain for a day of skiing and snowboarding. As the bus rolled up to the mountain, students eagerly disembarked and headed for the slopes to enjoy plenty of snow and sunshine. Sammy Rembisz, a senior at Westfield High School said, "Excellent day with an excellent group of people. Weather was great, perfect for shredding. Can't wait to do it again!"
Drop-In Adventures was founded by Adam Pizzi, a teacher at Westfield High School. Said Pizzi, “Some of my favorite memories as a kid growing up in Westfield were the ski trips I used to go on with my friends. I want to create the same energy and excitement that those trips brought me and share them with the kids today. It’s very special to see the pure joy and excitement when students are given an opportunity to get out of their comfort zones and their everyday surroundings and spend a day in the mountains skiing with one another and coming together as a group.”
Next month, DIA will be running another trip to Hunter as well as a weekend trip to Killington, Vermont. But Pizzi’s vision extends beyond just skiing. He is passionate when talking about the future of DIA: “My goal is to create a teen service adventure company that provides year round opportunities for teens. I want to give kids the opportunity to travel, explore different cultures, ski, hike, surf, cycle--take advantage of whatever each destination has to offer--all while giving back and learning to appreciate the lives they are so fortunate to be living.”
Pizzi, and his partner, Steve Cohn, a resident of Fanwood and colleague of Pizzi’s at WHS, are hard at work in planning a week-long trip for teens to Nicaragua this summer. The group will be staying just outside of San Juan Del Sur and working with Comunidad Connect, “a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable community development in San Juan del Sur.”
For more information about DIA and their upcoming excursions, visit their website at www.dropinadventures.net.