The holidays are my favorite time of year, its a time to relax, decorate and see the family. My family are lovers of the great outdoors, and we will usually try to spend the holidays doing something active and going somewhere exciting. Don’t get me wrong I love holidays when we celebrate at home, cook a big dinner and relax but I love when we all travel together. This year for Thanksgiving, I spent the holidays with my two younger brothers and mother in Park City, UT.
Growing up my great grandparents lived in UT and we would visit almost once a winter. Once they passed away however, it had been almost ten years since we had all be back as a family. We decided to spend Thanksgiving doing something we all loved : Snowboarding!
I was so excited we were spending the opening snowboarding weekend at one of the best places around! The drive from California all the way to Park City is about 15 hours, which my mom drove straight, shes a trooper like that. The views along the way are breathtaking, if you have never been Utah it is an amazing state to visit. The mountains and open plains are something to behold and the rock formations – Breathtaking!
Once we arrived we were excited to hit the slopes, but we were disappointed. The slopes wouldn’t be open until the next day due to not enough snow. If you ever attend an opening weekend its a lot of fun, but be prepared for delays and for the resort to not be fully open. No one can hurry Mother Nature along and if the mountain doesn’t have enough snow man-made or natural, they will delay opening.
Fun Fact : Park City is the training ground for most professional snowboarders, such as Olympic gold medalist Shaun White
The next day we all woke up bright and early to hit the trails, and we definitely weren’t the only ones with the idea. There were a lot of people equally as excited to get the snowboard season started! The resort is over 6 miles wide, and has dozens of different trails to explore. They range from beginner to expert, and when they say expert they mean it – remember Olympic medalist practice here, so make sure you up for how advance the trails can be.
My brother’s being young and invincible (only in their minds) felt we could conquer the intermediate trails. I however was skeptical it had been a whole year since we all boarded, plus we all had new boards, but who am I to stop the fun? So we took a lift up and man were the trails so amazing. Park City is not only a gorgeous town but has amazing mountains, the snow was great and we all soon had red cheeks from how much fun we were having.
This is unfortunately were the story takes a turn for the worst. My middle brother is very athletic, hes over six feet and enjoys the gym ( I don’t know where he gets it from, I hate the gym). He was in front of me and was shredding up the mountain, but alas he took a turn too fast and crashed hard. Thank God I was behind him and saw the whole thing. I caught up with him to see if he was alright and he said he wasn’t sure. Now backstory on my brother he has a HUGE pain tolerance and when I say huge I mean it. When we were kids we were in a bounce house, and I got pushed so hard into him that my tooth went into his head. True story my awkward pre-teen years, braces and all involved me being attached to my brothers head via my teeth. Long story short he didn’t cry not once he was more worried about me who I can admit I was balling like a baby. So the fact that he even hesitated I knew he was hurt. It only looked like a dislocated shoulder so we tried to put it back. Side note definitely don’t try that if your not sure, seems like common sense but in the moment I swear it seemed like the best idea ever.
Luckily help came and escorted my brother to the medical lodge, we found out he had tore tendons and muscle in his shoulder and was definitely out of any more snowboarding. We were all disappointed and decided to cut the trip short and head home to get him to a doctor. Before we went me and my youngest brother, while waiting for the doctors to temporarily patch my brother up did some exploring. I am so glad we did ,the slopes had already been closed and we had the place to ourselves. We got some great shots and really enjoyed the scenery.
Though the trip was short, it was amazing and I highly recommend visiting the resort to anyone looking for a great snowboarding adventure!
Keep a wandering spirit my friends and thanks for following along!