Hit slopes for mountains of fun

By Jenine Ikeler
February 22, 2001

courtesy of Lisa Simonetti

by Jenine J. Ikeler

assistant photography editor

Imagine you are fully dressed in micro-fleece and Gore-Tex. You have your chapstick in your pocket and your Oakley goggles are hugging your head. You wait patiently as the lift chair swings around to take you to the top of the mountain.

When reaching the top you push off your poles and begin to head down the mountain. You are going at a fast pace from side to side. The fact the wind is hurting your cheeks does not even cross your mind. Then you approach the moguls and glide into the air.

This example of a perfect run is why skiing is such a popular outdoor sport. Living in Pennsylvania gives us the opportunity to take full advantage of what the mountains have to offer.

Some popular resorts, are Montage Mountain located in my hometown of Scranton, PA, Elk Mountain Ski Resort located in Union Dale PA, and Camelback Ski Area in Tannersville, PA. These resorts have excellent trails with great package deals. At each resort, you will find trails for the beginner, intermediate and expert.

” I like extreme sports and naturally skiing is something that is fun to participate in during the winter months,” Jack Ferrise said.

“Skiing is the best part about the winter and a great way to stay in shape,” junior Roxanna King said.

Graphic design major Tina Hadley enjoys not only the scenery, but also all the action that is happening in the lodge. “It’s a great way to meet new people,” Hadley added.

Skiing is fun for the whole family, and you are never too young or old to begin to learn. Each of the resorts offers free lessons, which usually run hourly. So there is no excuse not to learn. Get up and out there and I will see you on the slopes.

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