Trailblazer

By Nora Cassidy '13

BS-BeritSchurke-Photo.jpgFrom skiing over Norwegian glaciers to dogsledding in Canadian backwoods, Berit Schurke ’16 (Ely, Minn.) knows how to make the most of snowy winter days. She’s accompanied her father, renowned polar and Arctic guide Paul Schurke, on numerous expeditions, led ski and dogsledding trips herself, and studied for a year in Norway, where she learned Norwegian and strengthened her love for winter.

An avid adventurer, Schurke is always eager to try new things. “After studying abroad and experiencing a different culture, I’m open to whatever, whenever, whoever,” she says.

On skiing: “I’ve been on skis since I turned two. I think I’m probably happiest when I’m surrounded by nothing but sun and snow. In Norway, I would ski for hours in the mountains, and I hope the Arb will be like a mini-Norway.”

On dogsledders: “There are no typical dogsledders. People come from all sorts of backgrounds, and I really enjoy hearing about their lives.”

On living in Norway: “I was impressed by Norwegians’ relative lack of materialism, and I became more concerned about environmental conservation. Also, their multi-cultural society opened my eyes to a different world.”

On beating the cold: “If you can have fun outside, you’ll find that winter is just as beautiful as any other time of year. Hot chocolate is a staple. That and mittens—always, always have mittens.”

 

Web Extra: See a student-made video on surviving winter at Carleton.

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