Last weekend we traveled with Aaron's fraternity family to Snowshoe, West Virginia. Aaron enjoys winter sports and has experience in both skiing and snowboarding; he prefers snowboarding. I have no experience whatsoever. Aaron encouraged me to try snowboarding, so I secured some rental equipment and off we went. I consider myself somewhat athletic so I wasn't too intimidated. Ha.
Snowboarding was tough. In my 2 days, I never really mastered turning. Unfortunately turning is a huge part of slowing down - to slow down on the board, usually you need to turn and place yourself perpendicular to the mountain (chest facing the bottom). Since I wasn't good at slowing or stopping, I basically fell every time my speed made me nervous. So on a green (beginner) trail that was about 1000 yards long, I fell about every 10-20 yards. It was tumultuous. It was testing. Little kids, age 3 and up were skiing by me. Some extremely rude people were making comments - "not a good place to stop" - whatever jerk, get off the beginner trail if you're such a hot shot! With a few tears of frustration, I made it down the mountain. Oh, snowboarding. Today I will share some pics, tomorrow I will post some tips I wish people had told me for beginning snowboarders.
Aaron took all of the photos with his phone. I took my camera, but I was way too tired to shoot very much.
Almost the whole crew - Heather made the smart decision to stay in!
Love these gifs Google Photos automatically makes
More coming tomorrow!! It's funny, while in Snowshoe we got a record 26 inch snowfall. Upon returning to Raleigh, there was a light snowfall on Tuesday followed by 4 inches Wednesday night. Yet somehow the few inches in Raleigh are so much more terrifying! Yesterday everything shut down and some friends and I convened together to stay warm, watch movies and funny videos. Still definitely my favorite way to spend snow days!