This previous weekend we took Mazen snowboarding for the primary time! We are fortunate to stay so near the mountains, so we headed to Wintergreen Ski Resort about 45 minutes from Charlottesville for a day journey. We left Birch at residence with the perfect Nona a household may ask for! Thomas spent years up on the mountain snowboarding along with his buddies and labored as a snowboard teacher, so he was excited take us for the primary time. Here are our suggestions for snowboarding at Wintergreen!
1 // Get there very early
Ideally we’d have gone on a weekday, however a number of components, together with having a full-day babysitter for Birch, meant that we would have liked to courageous the Saturday crowds. We had been up earlier than dawn and out the door by 7:30 to reach properly earlier than 9. We had simple parking and short-ish strains. Thomas owns all of his tools, however Mazen and I needed to hire ours, so we had been glad to get by the tools strains comparatively shortly. We had been on the slope round 9!
2 // Book classes a month upfront
We had hoped to place Mazen within the Treehouse Ski School, because it got here very extremely really useful by mates. The children be taught to ski from 9am – 3pm with breaks for warm cocoa and lunch. And the dad and mom get just a little day date on the mountain. But after we known as the week earlier than we discovered that ski faculty had been booked for a month and the personal classes had been full too! Lesson discovered. At least we saved a piece of cash doing it ourselves.
three // Stick with what you understand
AKA age 37 is just a little too outdated to be taught a brand new excessive sport
This Southern gal isn’t probably the most snow sport skilled. I’ve skied solely a handful of occasions in my life. It had been 12 years since I final hit the slopes! I assumed it could be “fun” to snowboard like Thomas. After all, I’m lots higher at wakeboarding than water snowboarding. HAHAHA. I mainly ripped open each muscle in my physique in a single hour. It was a lot more durable than I used to be ready for, and 10x more durable than wakeboarding on a lake. When each inch of my physique was shaking with exhaustion, I made a decision to modify to skis. I’d be prepared to strive it once more as a result of I used to be simply beginning to get the cling of it after I received too drained (toe edge, not less than), however I feel I ought to most likely simply follow what I do know. I actually thought I used to be about to tear my knee open!
This is the one pic I snapped of me on the snowboard – flat on my bum!
Mazen did nice!
Mazen was very cautious getting began, however he did a terrific job listening to directions and making his pizza. I assumed he would go just a little quicker and fall extra, however he went very sluggish and didn’t fall a lot. His persona is anti-risk like mine! Thomas was so affected person with us each standing round after I’m certain all he actually wished was to snowboard at high pace.
four // Dress in layers
We picked an ideal day for a ski day. I had on 1,000 layers and will have been down to 1 layer by the of the day. My base layer was soaked in sweat! When we arrived they had been blowing snow and we had been glad we introduced hats, googles, and waterproof gloves. When we left it was nearly 60 levels and scorching sufficient for outside eating! The snow was blinding, and I used to be glad to have each UV goggles and an additional pair of sun shades, plus sunscreen! It would have been good to have one thing neon for every of us to put on as a result of it was actually onerous to identify one another on the slopes.
Hide an affordable water bottle exterior someplace. I used to be SO THIRSTY and there aren’t precisely water fountains within the bushes. It was too onerous to take all the things off to go inside and you may’t actually carry round a water bottle. Next time I’ll tuck one close to the lodge fence.
5 // Pack a lunch and have dinner at Blue Mountain Brewery!
Next time we’d pack a lunch as a result of are burgers and hen fingers we had at The Copper Mine weren’t nice. The Checkerberry Cabin on the backside of the inexperienced slope had a good menu, however not a lot within the seating vary. But it was good to take a seat down inside for a short time.
But Blue Mountain Brewery, on the way in which residence to Cville, is a spot to not miss! We had an early dinner with beers and the perfect native sausage pizza earlier than heading residence.
Mazen didn’t wish to go away!
By the top of the day Mazen was capable of go down the entire newbie slope with out stopping and didn’t wish to go away! We are hoping to get in yet one more mini ski day earlier than the season ends.