Sliding on snow, be it on skis, sleds, a snowboard or your belly is a cultural tradition in northern climates. Manhattan County School seventh- and eighth-grade students had the opportunity to learn the sports of skiing and snowboarding at Belleayre Mountain during their winter Farm trips. Some students had never experienced this sport, while others had.
The day started with lessons based on previous experience and skill level. The quality instruction by Belleayre Snowsports helped students progress from the beginner hill to the “magic carpet lift,” essentially a conveyor belt that transports people to the top of the trail. Kids were taught the basics of turning and stopping and they continued working on these skills after the lesson ended.
The more experienced skiers and riders spent their morning riding the chairlift, which took them further up the mountain to the green (easier) trails. After a break for lunch, several students who had never been skiing or boarding were confident enough to join the others on the chairlift. For many students this experience took them a little outside of their comfort zone, while for others it was a chance to demonstrate a skill and hobby to their classmates and teachers.