The White Mountains, Part I: The Joys of Learning to Ski

On the weekend of March 15, 16, and 17, the Youth Leadership Program had the opportunity to go to Pinkham Notch near Jackson, NH with the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Youth Opportunities Program.  The next three blog entries document our trip.

Written  Bryan

Trying out the down hill on cross country skis.

Trying out the down hill on cross country skis.

Last weekend, we went on our rescheduled trip to the White Mountains in New Hampshire along with Jamica, a crew member from the summer program. We left on Friday and came back on Sunday. On Saturday we spent the day cross country skiing, but before we could go, our group leaders showed us more moves to help us get the hang of it. At first we were struggling to stay upright, especially Alex and me. Chris, Jamica, Hong, and Ian were doing pretty well. Alex and I were still struggling which looked pretty funny because we kept falling a lot. Eventually, though, we got the hang of it. Soon we went skiing up and down small hills, continuing to fall but not as much as we did when we started practicing.

YLP after a day of skiing!

YLP after a day of skiing!

When it was time to eat, we made sandwiches. After eating we voted to go tubing, but we had to ski there first. Tubing was really fun because we slid down a hill and some of the crew members got creative by making us slide together without letting go of the tubes. Finally, after a long day out in the snow we went back to the lodge. My favorite event of the weekend was skiing because it was a great experience to ski for the first time ever and I hope in the future to come back again.

About to head down the hill on tubs.

About to head down the hill on tubs.

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