I moved to Vegas to get away from the cold and snow so you might wonder why this self-professed city girl would trek all the way up the mountain just to slide back down; on skis.
I have no idea.
I lived in Michigan for most of my life where there is plenty of good skiing—or so I’ve heard but, I never once thought of getting on a pair of long thin blades and going down a hill at a speed faster than I can run. Cause, for real, it just seemed downright insane.
Enter the insanity.
An adventure in the Vegas Mountains was offered to a group of media divas like myself and I just couldn’t pass on a chance to debunk the myth that black people don’t ski. About 45 minutes northwest of the strip, Mt Charleston is a well hidden secret from tourists and as much as we love our tourists, sometimes it’s nice to keep some Vegas secrets for ourselves.
You would think a girl from the Midwest would know how to dress for such an occasion but, sadly I did not. So first stop was Target for warm snow gear. 30 minutes and $60 dollars later I had my matching under armor, socks, gloves and hat. Luckily, the Las Vegas Ski and Snow resort had everything else I needed to stay warm and dry while carving some fresh powder.<—me using cool ski terms.
The Las Vegas Ski and snow resort is open daily from 9am to 4pm during the ski season (Nov-April) and they offer everything you need to start your adventure in the snow. Rentals are available for skis, snowboards, boots, jackets and snow pants—everything you need.
After layering up and strapping my feet down, which by the way, no one told me ski boots were so heavy. I waddled (literally) out to the bunny hill and waited with my partner in crime for our lesson.
I won’t get into the details (yes, I fell more than once and almost took out a couple kids on the way down) because the moral of the story is: I did it. I put on skis, made it down a hill and back up again, didn’t break anything or cry. What I learned is that more black people should ski. Because to be good at it you have to have good rhythm and hip movement—need I say more?
The really big question is would I do it again?
Heck yeah! As a matter of fact almost every Thursday in March is Snow Divas day. 2.5 hours of instruction, lift tickets as well as wine and appetizers on the private patio. So grab your girlfriends and head on up for a little fun in the snow. And don’t worry if you fall. It doesn’t really hurt in the snow…