It's July, and here I am, dreaming of hitting the slopes at Swain once again.
My kids began going to Swain years ago with their school club. Two winters ago they pulled my husband and myself into the sport, and now we are a family of snowboard addicts. We have season passes.
I learned to board the year we didn't have much of a winter, yet Swain made snow, and we averaged going there five times a week. This past year had more natural snow (and even more snow making machines), and we had a fabulous time. I'm chomping at the bit to get back on the slopes.
The ambiance of the resort is very inviting and family-friendly. I spent many hours in the coffee shop my first year, waiting for my kids after I exhausted myself learning. During the time there I was able to work thanks to the free Internet access. The staff was friendly and the food and coffee prices were fair (especially since the food is very tasty). Everyone was so kind -- even the lift operators were cheering me on as I practiced staying on my feet.
It's fun to watch the people on the rails and to participate in the excitement of the races. Our family favorite days are the carnival and the slush pond at the end of the season. I also appreciate the modified equipment such as sit-skis that allow people with handicaps to enjoy the slopes.
As we all know, skiing and snowboarding can be tough on the body. From head knocks and hospital runs to bandaids for blisters, the first aid staff knows what to do, and they do it in a friendly yet professional manner.
We have brought family members and numerous friends in to learn to snowboard and to enjoy skiing at Swain, and every single person has asked to come back again. Season passes are affordable, lines are short to non-existent, and everyone is so friendly that going to Swain feels like we're coming home.
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