As we took our last runs of the day with tired legs we walked back to the “Little Bear” cabin. As Courtney Gebhart (Mom of Sadie and Jake who skied with us on Family Day) put it, we “couldn’t have asked for a better day. Seriously if I were to order up the perfect conditions this”, gesturing toward the sunny Bear Mountain slopes, “would be it.” Freedom Riders couldn’t have agreed more. The weather was warm, the snow was dry and fluffy and the sun was out all day! Thursday at Bear Mountain kicked off the ski and snowboard season for our shredders and it was a great day.
After getting all the families together and grouped with our extremely friendly instructors everyone was ready…well most of us. Noa, the very sweet and quiet young skier girl, was a little reluctant. After meeting the awesome Bear Mountain staff she was off to her 2nd ever ski lesson with Randy! In the meantime the older skier girls were turning like pros all day with instructor Andrew. They were having a blast together and antagonizing Andrew.
A quick lunch and everyone was eager to get back on the sunny slopes. The younger group of skier guys took on the Express lift with instructor Harry. They were feeling confident and ready to go faster the second half of the day. Harry even took them over some mini jumps at the end of the day! Never losing enthusiasm (even on the 2 hour car ride home) they had a blast. Way to go guys.
We had a group of pre-teen snowboard shredders who had been taking on the park all morning and learning everything they could from snowboard and park expert Todd. Todd gave them helpful tips about sliding on boxes, bending your knees (sounds like surf camp!) and set up turns before jumps. I took up the chair lift with Roee who had only been snowboarding seven times but was approaching boxes with enthusiasm, anxious for his turn. Todd never pushed him passed their limits and always reminding to look out for others on the slopes!
I met back up with quiet Noa after her afternoon ski lesson and walked back to the lodge with her. After asking if she had a good day she smiled and nodded. Out of nowhere she said, “For once my Dad was right. Last night I didn’t want to come because I said it wasn’t going to be fun. My Dad was right though. It was really fun!”
Then Noa asked if my snowboard was a rental or it was mine. She turned very curious about snowboarding. I sense a future Freedom shredder girl on our hands.
With such a great day and so many memories made we left the mountain in high hopes for the ski/snowboard season to come! You’ll have fun…we promise!