Saturday, January 15, 2011

New Year's in Snowshoe

Please forgive me as I catch up on blogging. I know you all want to know about Disney and the Goofy Challenge, and I promise to get there soon. I'm also painfully behind on reading your blogs, but I will be catching up this week even if it means not having time to do much commenting. First, I wanted to share about my week of skiing in Snowshoe, WV.

Two days after Christmas, I hopped in the car with a couple of friends to make the 9 hour drive from Nashville to Snowshoe. There would be 12 of us for the week, but we had to divide up into different cars going at different times to get us all there. We arrived around 2am to a snow covered land, and I woke up to find that the snow was even more incredible in the daylight. Seriously, I've never seen so much snow before!

We headed up on the mountain to check things out on Tuesday and get the lay of the land. Everything was beautiful!

Our cabin was HUGE and really awesome with great views.

A group of us went skiing on Wednesday. Background - I've been on one ski trip where I skiied for one day where I spent all of my time on the bunny slope until I tried a real slope and crashed a few times and decided I was done. And this was all 10 years ago.

The guys gave us girls a little lesson and then had us take off down a slope. I was pretty nervous, but I did my best to remember everything they just told me. It wasn't long before I totally wiped out - HARD. I spent a few minutes debating whether or not I had broken my thumb and ultimately decided I had just landed on it funny and bruised it. (It ached for a solid week after that.) Of course, all I could keep thinking about was how I was running the Goofy next week and that I didn't need to get hurt.

I got a better lesson on how to slow down, and then I felt much more confident. Nonetheless, it was always nice when we took a little break for coffee or lunch so that I could collect myself before hitting the slopes again.

It was definitely beautiful out there!

By the end of the day, I was feeling much better. I still took it pretty slow and cautiously because I didn't want to get hurt. I learned how to kind of just sit down and slide any time I started to feel nervous and couldn't get myself stopped. It was very effective.

Our evenings at the cabin were spent taking turns to cook dinner and then eating together before playing board games. One night we decided to play Taboo as a group game, guys against girls. I knew better than to brag up front because some of these guys are really competitive, but I've always been really good at Taboo. I was glad that I didn't brag because during the first 2 rounds I was only getting 3 or 4 words. On a good day, I can get 8-9.

The last round was finally coming to a close, and it was down to me. I needed 6 to tie with the guys and 7 to win. I knew I could do it... as I started flipping cards and we kept getting them quickly, I could see the circle of people closing in around me. The girls were getting excited because it was getting close. The boys were a little shocked over what was happening. The time was up, and I had gotten 7! It was a very exciting moment for me, mostly because I'm not all that competitive and didn't care about winning - but it was still fun to pull it off and beat the boys.

We took it easy on Thursday and enjoyed a little staycation before spending the last day of 2010 back on the slopes. It was really fun getting back out there now that I felt a bit more sure of how to ski.

We were able to get everyone together for a group shot.

That night we found an awesome little restaurant on the mountain to have a nice dinner. Then, we hung around the cabin until time to count down to the new year!

On Saturday, we all got together and shared some of our goals for 2011. It was really a fun time to sit with friends and talk about all the things we'd like to do this year.

I also tried a new food on Saturday night - venison. I can't say that I loved it, but it wasn't bad. Nonetheless, I ate more of the chicken anyways.

It was such a fun week, and I was so glad to finally get to go skiing again. It's definitely expensive to do, but it was totally worth it. It was also really great to hang out with friends and welcome the new year in this way. I didn't run all week, but I figured the skiing made for some pretty excellent cross training.

Next up? Race reports from Disney and then posts about the days spent playing in the parks!


Nicole said...

WOW what beautiful pictures! Looks like you had a blast melanie!

Jackie said...

Looks and sounds JUST like our trip this past weekend! So fun.

Can you share your ski tips with me?? I wiped out HARD three times because I cannot stop. In fact, on the one real trail I did, I was unable to stop at the end and went shooting over a small hill and finally landed on my booty about 20 feet from a brick wall. My husband is a snowboarder so he was NOT giving me the right tips.

p.s. A lot of DC peeps go to Snowshoe to ski!