Sunday, January 25, 2015

Whitetail

We were so disappointed that we weren't able to schedule a ski trip during winter break this year like we did the past two, so last week when our friends told us about plans to day trip to Whitetail Resort, we eagerly accepted their invitation to tag along.  Just about 90 miles or 1.5 hours outside of DC in Pennsylvania, it's pretty convenient to access for skiing and/or tubing.  Now that we know it's there, we'll definitely be back again!


I'm not sure why Joseph struck the next pose, but the poor thing was crammed into clothes that were at least one size too small, if not more.  We bought the bib at the end of last year, and he clearly grew way more than we ever would have expected in the interim.  We also just bought that coat to ski in last year too, and he's busting out of it. Still, he was so excited to ski again, especially with a few friends.  We put them all in the full day Kid's Mountain Camp program for 6 hours, and they loved it.



It was amazing how much the conditions changed - so overcast and foggy when we arrive at 8:30 am to get the kids enrolled in camp, but by mid morning it was warm and sunny with beautiful blue skies.



My appearance changed shortly after arrival too, as we all geared up to hit the slopes.




With Joseph in ski school instead of just a single lesson, B and I skied more this time around than on any other trip.  



After warming up on the green trails in the morning, we got in quite a few runs on the blues after lunch.  They don't look that steep, but the thing about a 935 foot vertical drop is that it's all about perspective.  It was fun, and my confidence is certainly better, but I wouldn't quite say "Fanciful" was a great name for one of the trails.  




We did get to peek in intermittently on Joseph, and it was amazing to see how confident and skilled he had become in such a short time, not having skied since last year.  He got a pretty good report card from the instructors!




The kids' lift tickets were good for another hour after lessons ended, so we got to spend a nice amount of time skiing together with Joseph.  As you'll see in the videos, sometimes he's great at stopping, and others, not so much.  Although he needs a lot of help getting up, falling never seems to phase him, and he just keeps plugging along.  He might just be a speed demon too!  I'm so proud of that boy!

                         


We left just as the sun was setting over the mountain, tired in a good way, happy to finally have visited this treasure, and wondering when we'd be back again!




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