This year I spent Valentine’s Day shredding down the slopes of Mount Snow, Vermont, with my friends. Leaving the house at 7:00am when the conditions were -24 degrees with an additional bitterly cold wind chill, we were worried how the day would turn out. It ended up being one of the best days I’ve had in a long time.
Skiing and snowboarding is one of my favourite hobbies, but I rarely have time, money or the opportunity to go as often as I would like. However, after a little persuasion, three of my friends (Hailey, Katie and Sam) were willing to brace the cold and spend a day on the slopes with me.
The first stop of the day was at the drive-thru for a little coffee wake up call. We were met with our first (unexpected) obstacle of the day when the car window wouldn’t go back up after we ordered. With an hours drive of the journey left, we did begin to panic, but with a little pushing and shoving we thankfully managed to pull it shut again.
We arrived at Mount Snow around 8:30am, excited and ready to hit the slopes. Luckily, we were prepared for the cold weather and frostbite warnings. Don’t ask me how I managed this, but I wore four pairs of pants and six layers on top to keep me warm. The only victims of the cold were my toes when I experienced the worst chilblains at the end of the day.
One vital item I didn’t own and couldn’t rent were ski-goggles. Unwilling to buy a brand new pair, I used sunglasses for the first few runs. The cold was unforgiving, and goggles were necessary, so I tried the oldest trick in the book. Politely asking lost-and-found if a pair of black ski-goggles were found, I quickly scored myself a pair for the day.
Hailey and Katie, both first time snowboarders, were up on their feet in no time. While they got familiar with the basics, myself and Sam spent the morning skiing/boarding from the summit and checking out the trails.
By midday we were all in need of some extra energy. We took a quick lunch break, fed our appetites, recharged the Go-Pros and re-hydrated, then it was back to the slopes. We decided to all take the BlueBird chairlift to the summit of the mountain and take a long, winding track all the way back down to the base lodge. Hailey and Katie were up for the challenge.
The ten minute chairlift to the top was beautiful. My one prior visit to Vermont was during the summer and I loved it, but it was just as good, if not better, covered in snow. It was our last run of the day, about a four mile stretch top to bottom. Carving down the mountain with bruised knees, sore butts, numb toes and frozen hair, we still all had smiles on our faces.
Every time I ski or snowboard, I fall in love with it even more. Pretty appropriate seeing as it was Valentine’s Day, right? There’s something about it that drags me back, the thrill, the adrenaline rush, the determination to get better with every run and the pure beauty of the surroundings.
Mount Snow did not disappoint and I plan to go back for a weeks holiday sometime next year. Thanks Vermont, you did it again.
I made a video on my YouTube channel of our day. Click the link to check out the GoPro footage!