A Weekend On The Slopes

A Weekend On The Slopes


Every year, my family and I venture to upstate New York for a weekend of skiing and other winter activities.  Though I possess very little athletic ability, I can at least hold my own when it comes to skiing.  In fact, skiing is probably the only sport that I really enjoy.  That being said, my family’s ski trip is one of my favorite weekends of the year.

After a week of papers and exams, a weekend on the slopes is just what I needed to unwind.  With my roommate Cat and my sister Abby in tow, I set out to meet my family in Cleveland last Thursday.  After loading up the car, we were back on the road Friday morning.  By mid-afternoon, we had arrived at Holiday Valley Resort in Ellicottville, New York.

In light of the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Cat and I were amped up and ready to take on the slopes.  After conquering all the black diamond runs and racing down moguls, we were sure that we were up for a trip down through the terrain park.  If it’s not obvious from the picture above, we severely overestimated our abilities.

Other than a few cuts and bruises, not to mention embarrassment, we came out relatively unscathed.  From then on, we decided to stick to our strengths and spend our time on less daunting hills.  Then it was back to the lodge where my Mom had whipped up some homemade gumbo.  It was the perfect way to warm up after a day in the snow.

So though I feel it in my sore muscles, the weekend was totally worth it.  I’ve come to terms with the fact that I’m no Shaun White, but maybe with some practice I can take on the terrain park again someday.


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