This weekend I had the pleasure of visiting Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia. They have snow — and a resort? Yea, that’s what I was thinking the first time I heard about the mountain, but not only do they have good snow and a beautiful resort but it’s also home to some of the nicest people I have ever met hence Southern hospitality.
Burton Snowboards and Snowshoe hosted an all girls camp with ladies from 11 years old to 40 years old, some have never touched a snowboard and others were looking to progress their tricks in the park. The first night started with a opening party where The Wailers performed. A few of the campers and I got to go on their tour bus and actually hang out and chat with them for a few hours, haha yes we fanned out hard!
The following days the camp started off with morning yoga and breakfast, and the afternoons were full of shredding. It was so inspiring to watch someone who has never stepped on a snowboard be able to stand up and riding by the end of the day — or someone who was scared to hit a box be board sliding that box by the end of the day. It was such a fun environment for everyone to feel comfortable to progress. I heard at least ten girls say “I would never try any of this stuff riding with all my dude friends…” It really made a difference for these girls to have that female support that a lot of us don’t get when were stuck riding with all dudes…something I can relate to as well!
The drive up to Snowshoe Mountain
After shredding was done for the day, we enjoyed sushi dinners, live music, salsa dancing classes and some serious bonding time! My last morning there I was fortunate enough to go out on a peaceful horseback ride with the snowboard coaches, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. To say the least everyone left happy and satisfied with their new friends, skills and memories acquired over the weekend. I thought I was going to be the one teaching and coaching at the camp but I left learning so much from these amazing ladies. They brought me back to the root of why I started snowboarding — because it makes me HAPPY.
Thanks to the campers, coaches and Snowshoe mountain for the fun times and hospitality!
Here’s a little video Snowshoe put together from the camp, enjoy.