A Life Changer in the Mountains Essay

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I am proud to be a snowboarder in my home state of Minnesota. Its special climate and terrain has forced us to look at the technical aspects of the sport and focus on that because we do not have the large mountains to go on long rides all day. As I look back on my snowboarding days back home, I see many stories that I will take with me for a lifetime. However, my most memorable moment in snowboarding happened in the mountains of Utah. Ever year my girlfriend’s family and I take a trip to Salt Lake City, Utah, and snowboard the surrounding ski resorts in the area. Our first year, by far, was the most memorable moment. This was the first time I actually snowboarded in the mountains in the west. So as we embarked on our snowboarding …show more content…
My girlfriend’s brothers and I decided it was time to challenge ourselves a little bit more. We decided to head onto the backside of the mountain. The backside of the mountain had no trails back there, and nobody to save us if something happened. There was one chairlift that got us back to the top.
We started heading down the backside of the mountain. The powder was amazing. We Minnesotans were riding in real waist deep powder. The snow swished from side to side as we carved down the hill. All of the sudden I noticed something out of the corner of my eye. I looked up and saw a bank of ominous clouds coming from the west peaks. I didn’t think anything of it. We got to the bottom within one half hour, and we scrambled to get back on the lift. The lift operator warned us that we probably should head back to the chalet because there was a storm coming our way. Since being from Minnesota, we knew what it was like being in a snow storm, and thus we thought it was only a minor warning.

We were wrong. By the time we got to the top of the mountain, the storm had hit, and with such force it blew the chairlift side to side in a manner that made us sick. This didn’t really scare us though. We hopped off the lift and decided to hop back on the runs on the backside of the mountain. A ski patrol officer approached us at that moment and advised us that the mountain was not going to close, but the storm is bad enough that we should go to

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