we've got real winter in 1999. We even had snow in NJ. So, we decided to
go ski... First time we spent 2 days in these mountains on Christmas. There
are many ski resorts in NY area, we chose the Catskill mountains and Belleayre
resort in particular. It's about 2.5 hours drive from our home. First time
we've been there in December on Christmas and there was almost no snow.
So, they made an artificial snow by spilling the water around. That thing
allowed us to ski... This resort has 3 separate areas with trails for beginners,
intermediate and expert skiers. They have several lifts on the hills for
downhill skiing. The lifts operate also in the different areas. We rented
special skis and boots for downhill skiing, not cross-country (as we did
in Russia) and just bought tickets for lift and that's it. The ski are
really good and you can chose plain ones or parabolic. I really like parabolic,
it's easier to ski First day we tried only beginners lanes. First couple
times I was falling down every 10 meters, terrible! Mike was much better
and he easily got it. Actually it was first downhill skiing in our life.
Next day Mike tried intermediate trail and was very excited because it
was really difficult and fall down there. I told I wouldn't even try :)
We spend Christmas night in very small indian hotel which had an indian
restaurant on property. The food was very delicious... I'd come back there
just for this! On he way back we visited family hungarian-german restaurant
which was very great and we then visited it every time we skied.
in winter we visited it 2-3 times more. We finally moved to intermediate
level which is still not easy for me but Mike skies great and he can go
to expert trail next winter I think. Last time there was a lot of snow
and it was more difficult to ski when show is deep. I really like skiing
and very excited every time... The only downside is that after going down
fast you need to use lift to go up again (of course). And it's moving slowly
and so you get cold just sitting on the bench..
There are a
lot of different ski resorts in Vermont and other states. I really want
to drive to Vermont and ski there. To do this it's better to take week
off at winter and go ski during the whole week. It would be great experience!