Cold weather is moving in, the temps are dropping, snowmakers are punching in and snow is falling from the sky. Winter is upon us and the race to open is underway. Sunday River was the first to put an Opening Day on the calendar, marking Monday Oct. 19th as the start of ski season. Less than 24 hours later, the Beast of the East, Killington Resort announced it would also be opening… a day earlier… for season pass holders and then to the general public on Monday.
On the other side of the country, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin and Loveland have also been in the snowmaking game. The cold weather has been a little more allusive in the Rockies, but it’s only a matter of time before the temps drop, the snow flies and we’re making turns.
For this production, I visited three resorts – Camelback Mountain Resort in the Poconos, Seven Springs Resort just outside of Pittsburgh, and Killington Resort in Vermont. Each resort excels in the art of teaching people how to ski and snowboard. In fact, Camelback was nationally awarded for being one of the best places to learn to ski and ride. I wandered around their beginner areas and was instantly fixated on the different and varying emotions their faces expressed. Excitement, pride, self deprecation, nervousness, confidence, accomplishment, and triumph. It was awesome being able to capture these emotions, especially as part of the Learn A Snow Sport campaign to foster more engagement and social interaction among first-time skiers and snowboarders.
P.S. Those that submit their #FirstDayFaces before Feb. 24th are entered to win a trip to Utah. I think I speak for everyone when I say… “Let’s take a selfie.”