I was in Eden, Utah with the bf this past weekend and finally got to embark on my first snowboarding adventure! I have literally been waiting years for this experience. In my head, I was going to dominate this snowboarding stuff...pick up the basics quickly and bomb hills all weekend long. In reality, I guess you could say I became one with the snow...since I fell about 537 times and spent the majority of my time on the powder taking face dives, doing unintentional forward rolls down the mountain and bruising my bum. Good times.
These roads got sketchier as the snow fell harder. Towards the end of the weekend, because of the low visibility and snow covered roads, we were praying to make it down the mountain without getting stuck in a snow bank or driving off a ledge!
I literally bought all of my snowboarding gear 24 hours before we left (The bf decided to refrain from telling me I needed specific items to hit the slopes until last minute...what a guy)! Thank goodness Burton had everything I needed since most shops had gotten rid of their snow outerwear in place for spring apparel.
Here is a portion of the main hill we were boarding. BTW I was sooooo horrible at getting on/off this darn ski lift! I'm sure it was comedy for the people sitting in the chair behind us.
The bf just happens to be a very gifted snowboarder.
Confidence: This sign sits at the top of the hill that I HATED! Needless to say I wanted to kick it down...
The amount of snow was unbelievable! Even when I lived in Korea the snow was nothing like Powder Mountain. A cold weather lovers dream! Thank goodness I packed lots of layers!
Just as the sun was setting the snow began to fall...magical!
Panda Cows!!! So this is the name that naturally came to mind when I saw these unique beauties...and how funny that Panda Cow is an actual breed name of miniature cows! These, however, are not miniature and their breed is called Belted Galloway or Oreo Cows. Who knew!?
A photo of a photo. This was a very random shot but it turned out to be one of my favorites ♥
Some things I learned from my first legitimate snow trip:
#1 Snow is extremely bright in the daytime…blinding! Make sure you have protective sunglasses.
#2 You can get sunburned from being out in the snow all day. In fact, even your eyes can get sunburned (who knew!). The sun reflects snow in a major way and trust me you don’t want to be one of those people who has a bright red face and an outline of your goggles…definitely not cute.
#3 Waterproof non-slip boots are a must (Uggs seem like a good idea but they will get ruined in the wet snow and you’ll end up slipping all over the place).
#4 If you’ve never snowboarded before, I suggest getting wrist guards. The first thing they told me in my lesson was not to fall on my wrists but because that’s a natural instinct, I did it almost every time and really tore up my poor wrists.
Eden, UT has everything a traveler would want in a snow vacation. It's not overcrowded so there is no waiting when it comes to snow sports, the town can accommodate any of the equipment or apparel you need in case something is forgotten, the locals are extremely friendly and helpful and the landscapes are mind-blowing!
Definitely girl loves travel recommended for a fun vacation in the snow!