This is not a sponsored post, I went to Snowshoe Mountain on my own dime and thought I would share my thoughts for anyone who might be considering going there. Let me preface this by saying I had not been skiing in over 20 years so when my boyfriend mentioned a multiple day ski trip, I figured I would be spending most of my time in the ski lodge. (translation: I was terrified!)
Basically, I was full of excuses in my head.
I’m too old
I might break a hip
My knees can’t take it
Since I’m always preaching about ‘stepping out of your comfort zone’—–here was my chance to actually step up to that proverbial plate.
I’m a warm weather person so going somewhere that was only 20 degrees and snowing…..was step one.
Step two was conquering my fear of heights and the ski lift. After a few rides, I realized that was the easiest part of my day!
Step 3: Actually skiiing. Once I got my ski legs back —it was kind of like riding a bicycle again. My form sucked, but I was able to hit a few black slopes by the 2nd day. I only had a few wipe outs and most of them were because I was overthinking. I got into a rhythm of actually talking (out loud, yes!) to myself as I was going downhill.
My mantra went something like this:
“you CAN do this. You got this. Look down the mountain, commit, and let’s do this!”
I’m sure other skiiers thought I was crazy, but it was necessary to keep my mind focused and it really helped. (sidebar: I need to remember this mantra when it comes to other things in life.)
I didn’t fully realize how much of a workout one can get while skiing but each day I was SWEATING and my legs were definitely worn out by the end of the day. Although my legs were fatigued, they were not sore. I attribute this to all the squats and lunges that I do, so there is another plus for lifting weights! You use a lot of stabilizer muscles as well, so it was a great overall workout for the whole body.
Each night I was able to soothe my sore muscles in the outdoor hot tub. There is something magical about being in a hot tub while the snow is falling around you!
As for the resort itself, Snowshoe is AMAZING. There were so many ski trails that I no doubt would have been lost had I been by myself. We stayed at the bottom of the mountain at Silver Creek Resort so we were able to jump right on the slopes and enjoy the night skiing. The place was pretty empty (in my opinion) which was nice because the slopes were not crowded. There was no wait on the ski lifts and the little restaurants on the slopes had plenty of seats available. The only downside (for me) was there was no internet connection/phone service. The rooms did have WiFi, but it was spotty. I felt disconnected to the outside world, although that wasn’t such a bad thing.
I definitely would like to go back to Snowshoe again next year and who knows……I might even invest in my own set of skiis!
Any suggestions for me?
Thanks for reading!