Chris and I just got back from our annual ski trip. Every year, we get together with friends from college and some family to go skiing/snowboarding. So far, we’ve kept it to the poconos since most of our friends live near there. We’ve thought of branching out to Vermont or Colorado, but I think it would be more expensive for everyone and I’m a bit nervous it would be a lot harder than what I’m used to (bunny hills there being like blue squares here or something). Anyway, this was our biggest group yet, with 9 of us going to Elk Mountain near Scranton, PA.
It was a lot of fun, despite the non-ideal weather. We typically go for a noon to close ticket (though I’m not sure we’ve ever stayed the full time) and most of us ski, except for Chris and Trapper, who snowboard. I’ve tried snowboarding and I just can’t quite get the hang of it. I can make it down a bunny hill, but not much else. I just feel very unstable with both of my feet locked into one board. The weather was warm (duh, it’s March, I guess) and it rained part of the time, but it didn’t seem to be too much of a hassle. My neck got kinda wet and cold, but otherwise I was pretty hot in my ski attire, depite wearing fewer layers than usual. My hair also looked like crap pretty soon after getting there and I forgot my hair ties. I did find one at the bottom of my purse, but it was all stretched out, so I had to keep fixing my ponytail. The weather also lead to pretty slushy conditions, with a few fairly deep puddles here and there. Surprisingy, under some of the slush was a good amount of ice, too, so that was a bit difficult to deal with. Mostly, though, we had a lot of fun. I took some pictures on my phone (sorry for the quality, I wasn’t about to bring my camera, since I knew there was a good chance I’d fall – which I did. Dropping my phone in the snow during one fall. It’s ok.) :
Anyway, we headed back to the hotel once it got dark and, after everyone showered, we headed off to Coopers, a seafood restaurant in Scranton with a large beer selection. I had a Paulaner Hefe-Weizen, which was pretty good, along with my seafood crepes, which were really tasty, but super-rich, so I only got through about half of it. After dinner, we were all thoroughly pooped, so instead of our typical stay-up-and-chat for hours, we went back to the hotel and fell asleep immediately. We finished out the weekend with breakfast together at Waffle House on Sunday. It was a fun time. A few of us are thinking of possibly adding/substituting a different sort of trip next year, maybe a beach trip or an amusement park trip, but we’ll see.
Next trip is in 2 days! This is a busy month!