This weekend was special, this weekend was the Newschoolers meet at Loon Mountain Resort!
|Banner credit - Newschoolers.com|
I don't really know where I was planning on going last weekend, but as soon as Mousseau annonced that the NS crew was going to be at Loon all weekend, I cancelled my instructors shift Saturday, and headed north bright and early. Even though I had already visited Loon earlier this season (Loon Mountain - Early Season), I couldn't have been more excited to go. It may mean I have to cut something from the list overall due to time constraints, but it was definitely worth it. It was hands down the best day I have spent skiing so far.
I arrived at the mountain nice and early, and wandered my way to the Paul Bunyan room. I managed to beat the NS crew there, and only NS user Nacho_Macho_Man managed to beat me there. A lone Loon Mountain employee was sitting at the table, handing out discounted tickets for NS members, and respectfully rejecting snowboarders trying to get in on the savings. Tickets were 60 dollars (and apparently would have been less, but the NS staff didn't realize that it was a holiday weekend, MLK day is an American thing). Having beat pretty much everyone but the hordes of vacationers to the mountain, I jumped in the gondola and headed to the summit to get a few runs in, and to scope out the parks early.
|My only non-park run of the day|
|Mousseau and I outside the main lodge at Loon.|
|Knfoley2, myself and jkfreestylin.|
|Credit - Newschoolers.com|
|The Llama watches you sleep...and throw 9s.|
|Tap dat llama! - Photo credit Newschoolers.com|
|The NS crew preparing the concoction of doom.|
|NS box session.|
|Again, Mousseau and I right before I headed out.|
As far as my opinion on the parks, as always Loon does a great job with them. I absolutely loved Springboard, and was so happy to have a park loaded with features I could do some real work on. I would love to be there when they have all of their parks open, but I am definitely not going to have time for that this season.
This Wednesday (1/22/14) I am going to be hitting up Okemo I think. I need to start knocking out some of these Vermont mountains or I am going to have nothing but 2.5 hour drives left to do by the end of the season. I need to start hitting the bigger mountains regardless of how many trails they have open, or I simply wont have time to visit everything. Unless mother nature decides to grace us with a ton of of snow very soon, I am just going to have to deal with big mountains only being 50% open. If anyone is going to be at Okemo this Wednesday, PM me or let me know in the comments!
Anyone who has photos of me from the meetup, please let me know! I would love to get copies of them! Thanks!
Keep on shredding!
Here are some left over pictures!