Athens, OH 3 February 2019 –
As much as I dislike the dry skin, bitter cold, and icy conditions, there are many hobbies that I enjoy only in these frigid winter months. Since I was in fifth grade, I have had a strong love for skiing.
I’m from a small town outside of Cleveland with no fancy ski resorts near by. That being said, I learned to ski at a small “resort” called Alpine Valley where the black diamond hill could probably be compared to the easiest hill at bigger resorts like Seven Springs or Holiday Valley.
After many wipeouts and mishaps over several years, my family bought me tickets to Seven Springs when they deemed me ready. Being at a big resort was so much different than what I was used to. The hills were larger, the ski lifts longer, the crowds bigger, and the snow conditions of much better quality. I soon developed an even bigger passion for skiing, frequently visiting resorts like Seven Springs and Holiday Valley. I hope one day to get out to Colorado to ski on the mountains.
I wish there was a ski area down here in Athens, but there are plenty of other winter activities that Athens offers. During the cold months of spring semester, I enjoy bundling up and taking long winter hikes at Strouds Run State Park or The Ridges. The way the snow blankets the forestry of Athens is absolutely beautiful.
While winter can be brutal, there’s nothing better than bundling up and hitting the slopes or hiking trails. Winter can be beautiful and enjoyable if you know where to look.