Tag: Gunstock Mountain

Soon!

Snow on the ski trails at the top of the mountain.

Mother Nature is having a rough time.  Two weeks ago it was Snowtober. This week it has been sunny and sixty degrees.  Still, ski season isn’t far off.

SEE!?  There’s snow on them thar hills ;). Ok so maybe we aren’t ready to hit the slopes quite yet, but one sure sign that ski season approachith is the annual Ski Gear Sale at Gunstock.  My neighbor Becky turned me on to this little gem of an event.  Perhaps little isn’t quite the right word.  It is HUGE and there as skis of all makes and models from down hill racing to cross country.

Skis, Skis and More Skis, Welcome to Gunstock, and Boots, Boots and Boots

We didn’t make it with the kids until lunchtime and still we found bargins. I found gently used boots for each kid for $30 a piece.  Skis for my kids (1 Intermediate skier and 1 beginner) were between $75 and $90 including bindings.  Ideally we’ll get at least two years on the skis for each child. That might be optimistic for Fish, but at least I can hand her gear down to Mim.  Even if we get one year, the total cost is less than what I usually pay to rent gear for the season.  Now, the difference is that the rentals are brand new, but experts confirmed that the equipment we bought was all in great shape and could probably be resold when the kids outgrow them.

Now if mother nature could get her act together! DO NOT PANIC my snow hating friends.  I’m not asking for a blizzard (yet), just temperatures cold enough to sustain snow making.  That will tide me over for now 🙂

Special thanks to Becky! I definitely needed skis this year and we weren’t sure we were going to make it to the sale because Mim had a Karate tournament.  She agreed to be my personal shopper and snagged me a great pair with bindings for just $99! Let’s hear it for awesome neighbors!!

 

T U B I N G!!!!

TUBING WAHOOO! YEAH!!
So, we’ve already established that I love the cold weather and the activities that it brings. Recently, we participated in another of my favorites, Snow Tubing.
We headed to Gunstuck for some family fun and adventure. We arrived early on a Sunday and while everyone else was jockeying for position in the lift lines, we made our way over to the tubing area.  There was only a handful of other people.  We took at least 10 runs in the first hour. Sometimes individually, sometimes as a foursome, sometimes racing in pairs. The conditions were awesome. The sun was shining it as just perfect.   I love to hear my kids giggle and scream with joy and excitement as we swoosh our way down the hill.
The staff at Gunstock is great about insuring everyone is safe and having a good time. They are more than enthusiastic about tubing and that adds to the fun. They’ll suggest differnt options and with your permission, they’ll give you a push or spin you around as they start you on your way down.
The second hour brought more people, so our total number of runs during that hour dropped from 10 to 7, but really, that was enough. We were all getting tired and ready for a break.
Gunstock sells tubing tickets for $16 for a two hour block (discounts are available for bulk purchases) and they limit the number of tickets sold for safety and enjoyment. According to their web site mid-days and Saturday nights are their busiest times. There also are height restrictions, so if you are thinking of going with small children, make sure you know the requirements beforehand.
When I awoke Sunday morning, I seriously considered staying in bed and going tubing later, I’m really glad we got their early and had more runs when both the slopes and us we fresh.
The colder the temperatures, the faster the runs, so if you are taking a less adventureous child consider going early afternoon on a slightly warmer day. Also, dress in layers because you may not think it looks as acitve as skiing, or boarding, but you can work up a sweat.
Here is a list of other restorts that offer snow tubing around the state. Have you been to any of these?  I’d like to hear your feedback.