Snow sports trip
Feb 6th and 7th 2015
Troop 7 skiers gathered at WCA at 5:15 for our trip to North Carolina ski resort Wolf Ridge. Getting settled in the welcomed, but suspicious looking, 15 passenger van and meeting up with Troop 149 who we partnered with for this trip took a little longer than expected, but we left Athens about 6:15. We made good time to Arden,SC where we stayed at a local church kind enough to give us a cost efficient, free, place to stay for the night. Dr. Dix from troop 149 did an excellent job giving all the skiers some skiing safety, rules, and ski sports merit badge information. Afterwards, a room full of tired Scouts were treated to a ghost story from Scoutmaster Paul and then lights out.
6:30 came early the next morning although the excitement of the day prevailed. The scouts dressed for skiing then enjoyed a breakfast of fruit, hot chocolate, bagels, granola and beef jerky. A short ride into the mountains north of Asheville brought us to the Wolf Laurel resort. It took a few minutes to get checked in, get gear and round everyone up. Then just after 9am the skiing begin. Some started with lessons and others went right to the slopes. The weather was sunny and clear, which also means it was warm. Layers were shed as the day went on. Several scouts made good progress and positive attitudes and fun were the order of the day. Scout buddies came in at various times for lunch and then went back to the slopes. As the day got longer so did the line for the lifts and the slopes begin to get crowded. Jackson M., Jackson S., and Tanner W., each had a ride down the slopes with the merit badge counsellor checking on their progress. As the day came to an end,it ended abruptly for one of the
scouts. Stephen P. made one faulty turn on the snowboard and apparently ended up with a classic snowboarder injury, a broken forearm.
About 3:30 pm, the scouts began gathering to go home. After turning in the equipment and donning class A uniforms for travel, we made our way to dinner at Ryan’s. A buffet was just the answer to the long day of exertion on the slopes. An uneventful ride home returned us to WCA at just after 9:00pm. It was a great trip and fun for all who went. Thanks to Tom W. for coordinating the trip and to Atticus L. for excellent patrol leader service.
Thanks to our friends at Troop 149 and the adults leaders Paul M., Will M., Jamie P.
Scouts: Drew C., Tristan M., Zi B., Stephen P., Atticus L., Jackson M., Jackson S., Tanner W., Joseph H., Ryan B., Harry B., Jake A.,
Adults: Scoutmaster Tom, Robert P.
UPDATE: Stephen P. did suffer two broken bones in his right forearm. The PA set it and said he would be fine. He is resting, somewhat “uncomfortable”, after the manipulations at the Dr’s office.