#bringafriendor2

bring a friend or 2, I dare ya!
bring a friend or 2, I dare ya!

happy new year! and if you haven’t noticed it’s January, it’s that month that everyone gets really into doing new things or revisiting things they loved to do and may have left behind ~ this is where we come in (we are the diehard, never stopped snow lovers!) This month is national Learn to Ski & Snowboard month.  I like to consider myself a voluntary ambassador to snow sports and each year I nudge enough non snow riding friends that someone will come try it out! This year I resolved on 1/01/2015 to help to friends make a comeback to the mountain. Since I am locationally blessed living at the foot of the great New York state Catskills we have plenty of options to Ski & Snowboard. Today we went to Belleayre Mountain!

Belle as the locals refer to it, is a great place to learn or re learn the sport – it’s scenic, it’s got long green & blue trails and it’s just an all around fun small town ski resort. today I had one return Skier and one return Snowboarder; both haven’t skied or snowboarded in very many years but we’re totally ready to start the year out and re-love the snow with me. going out on the mountain isn’t something you can just wake up a decide to do that same day if you are a newbie. We spent the day before dumping out my closet, inventorying everyone’s gear and insuring they had all the layers and clothing they needed for a comfortable warm day on the mountain. we also visited our favorite local snow shop Potter Brothers and rented their gear.  This is the best thing you can possibly do to keep ahead of the curve and make the most out of your snow day.

most of the time i’d suggest putting newbies immediately into a lesson but for the return skier/rider taking the time out with them to review the basics, ride the lift and have a lot of laughs worked great. my friends really focused, took the sport seriously and did a great job.  moving ahead lessons are strongly recommended, I mean who couldn’t benefit from a lesson?

Our friends at Belleayre Mountain are offering a great “Learn to Program”  ~ Parallel from the Start, it includes 3 days of Lower Mountain, Lift, Lessons and rentals ages 13+.  The best part of this program is that your participation turns into a Frequent skier card after your first 3 days.  They want you to learn and return, this is our goal and I am so happy to share the joy!  Overall we had a great day, and I have all month to continue the journey. Check out ISKINY.com for more #LSSM happens in our state this month!

keep riding forward! xx Jen #bringafriend #ISKINY #ILOVENY

#protip rent your skis and snowboards the day before; this saves you time and stress for your actual on snow day!
rent your skis and snowboards the day before; this saves you time and stress for your actual on snow day! #protip
no matter how confident the newbie is about their abilities - it's always best to start the day on the Bunny Hill!
no matter how confident the newbie is about their abilities – it’s always best to start the day on the Bunny Hill! #protip
when you're ready to move off the bunny hill, find a nice long blue run.  we found it in Roaring Brook!
when you’re ready to move off the bunny hill, find a nice long blue run. we found it in Roaring Brook! #protip

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