Over the weekend, I tried skiing for the first time. It was seriously the best! It was lightly snowing, which made it really feel like I was in a true snow globe.
Hunter Mountain was such a great mountain to learn on! I'm a little biased about it, as it's (hopefully) the only mountain I'll be taking lessons on, but it was great! If you're a first time skier or snowboarder, I highly recommend taking lessons. I went snowboarding in 2008 in Missouri (it was technically a fake mountain), but I never took lessons. I fell every single time, and I'm 99% positive I bruised my tailbone - although, I never got it checked out. So obviously for my ass, it was really important that I properly learned how to fit in with all the winter cool kids.
The lessons were really great. There are three zones, Zone One being the first. In the first zone, they teach you how to walk up the hill sideways with your skis, and then to take a simple glide. Zone two, they teach you how to turn by picking up only your toe. To me, that strategy of teaching ended up working really well as I didn't over think where I was supposed to shift my weight to. Picking up a toe was as simple as, well, picking up a toe. For the final zone, Zone three, you basically go down the other side of the bunny hill and have to move right and left through the cones.
The instructors were really great. Even though there were usually 15-20 people in a zone at a time, they did a good job of remembering what you did during your last attempt. They also were really great about knowing when you push you further and keep you back, and weren't afraid to vocalize either opinion.
I made it through all three zones without falling! To be fair, I did fall when I went from Zone 1 to Zone 2. At the very end, I made it successfully down a part of the mountain that included a lift (!) and surprised everyone I was with. This is obviously due to the fine instructors at Hunter.
We ended up taking Urban Sherpa up to the mountain. For $160, it included a roundtrip bus fare, lift tickets, rentals and lessons. I think for only the bus fare, lift tickets, and rentals, it was around $130. Besides the super early departing time (6:15!), they were a great company to go through. By the time you arrived at the mountain, you had a full day there, which was so great. Picking up your rentals at Hunter was a bit overwhelming, but if you go with the flow, you'll get everything you need and on the slopes in no time.
I can't wait to go again! Do you have any mountain recommendations in the New York area?
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