Ski Lake Junaluska Youth

More Navigation

Winter Youth Retreats

February 2–4


Theme: Embrace Winter. Embrace the Word.

"For as the rain and snow come down from heaven...so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth."

Isaiah 55:10-11


Over two days, participants will enjoy engaging preaching and energizing worship! Lake Junaluska offers incredible winter programming where groups can customize their experience by choosing to ski, zipline or do mission work during their time at the lake.


Chris Sasser

Chris Sasser (Speaker) is the Director of Student Ministries at Port City Community Church in Wilmington, NC. He has served in full-time ministry since 1993, working with Children’s, Middle School, High School and College Ministries. He is also a lead consultant with Ministry Architects, an organization that helps build sustainable, deep-impact youth ministries across 23 Christian denominations. Chris is husband to Karin, father to CJ and Kylie, and an avid sports fan. He has a passion for helping connect students to God, to leaders and to each other.

The Advice

The Advice (Worship Band) The band formed in 2003 and their name, The Advice, has strong Biblical ties. It refers to a passage from Exodus in which Moses' father-in-law is telling him he'll need help in his mission and to appoint leaders over the tribes of Israel. The band feels that life can't be lived alone - that we all need help and advice to get through difficult times. Their uplifting message is accompanied by a popular contemporary Christian sound that appeals to youths and adults alike.

Feb. 2-4 Weekend Schedule


            3-9 p.m.                            Groups Check in at Welcome Center

            Check in will be available all day. Bethea Welcome Center closes at 9pm. Groups arriving after 9 pm can check in at Terrace Hotel.

             8 p.m.                               Event Store Opens

             8:30 p.m.                          Program and Worship

             Group Leaders will meet with Lake Junaluska Director of Programs at the beginning of the session to go over information for the weekend.

            11 p.m.                                 Quiet Hours     


             7:30 a.m.                            Breakfast

Group Leaders please remember to pick up your Box Lunches during breakfast (for those going to Cataloochee, Zip Line or Mission Work) 

              9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.            Activity: Ski Cataloochee or Wolf Ridge, Zip Line or Mission Work/Swimming

                                                         Lunch at Activity Area (Box Lunches or voucher)

                                                         Lake Junaluska Gifts and Grounds open with hot chocolate and coffee.

              5:30-7 p.m.                       Dinner

              7:30 p.m.                           Event Store Opens

              8 p.m.                                 Program and Worship

                                                                  *Includes Mission Offering.

              11 p.m.                                 Quiet Hours


              7:30 - 8:30 a.m.                 Breakfast

               8 a.m.                                  Event Store Opens

               8:30 a.m.                            Closing Worship

                                                                  *Includes Communion.

               11 a.m.                                   Hotel Checkout


Packages includes lodging, worship, t-shirts an activity of your choice (ski, zipline or mission work) and breakfast on first full day through breakfast on day of departure. Additional lodging nights and activity days can be added to your package.

Mitzi Johnson, Director of Programming






See other program weekends for the Winter Youth Retreats

  1. Full Schedule