Last Thursday evening, we packed up the kids and drove to Boone to spend the night. (that is in the NC mountains for those of you who don't know) I think the boys would be happy if all we did was spend the night in a hotel, then get up and go home. (above is my lodge bag of dry socks and gloves, which I took for nothing because it was 58 degrees and we were burning up)
The highlight of the night was swimming in the pool and going to the lobby for free snacks. I highly recommend the Hampton Inn in Boone. They have food, juice, and water bottles out all day, instead of just during breakfast. And then there is the pool, lol.
We got to Sugar Mountain by 8:30 the next morning to get our tickets. By the time we got our equipment, the place was packed. Seems everyone had the same idea, because we saw several other families from Mount. (it was a teacher work-day)
Sugar has no lines set up for you to walk through to get boots, skis, and poles like Winterplace does, so it was chaotic. Did I mention it was crowded? The line was out the door and around the building.
I was in charge of myself, S and Wyatt. Landon had G and Levi. If you ski you know what that means. I had to carry one of my boots, one of my shoes, my skis, my poles, one of S's boots, one of S's shoes, one of Wyatt's boots, and one of Wyatt's shoes. S carried his skis, and Wyatt carried his skis. (you put one boot on there and they adjust skis with the other boot). By the time we got to the locker room I was exhausted, and W and S were complaining. Did I mention that I also was carrying their toboggans and gloves? By the afternoon I was skiing with no toboggan, no gloves, and no coat. It was THAT hot. Oh, and it was crowded. Lift lines were 10-20 minutes long and the boys weren't loving standing in line, so we only skied for a few hours and then loaded up for home. Thank goodness we had a group rate from my mom, or it would have been one expensive nightmare. I told my mom the place was slammed when we got home that night. She didn't know what that meant, lol. Slammed was an understatement!