With the winter months here and snow on the mountains, people tend to love to get out and participate in their favorite winter sports. It is popular among CB students to ski and snowboard and go up to popular places like Tahoe or Reno to get on the slopes. Many schools have ski weeks, but […]
With the winter months here and snow on the mountains, people tend to love to get out and participate in their favorite winter sports. It is popular among CB students to ski and snowboard and go up to popular places like Tahoe or Reno to get on the slopes.
Many schools have ski weeks, but unfortunately we do not here at CB. However, many students in our community enjoy going up to the mountains to have a good time with friends and family.
Matt Solari (’21) explained it takes a lot of time and effort of going up the hill a lot with a snowboard but that is only going to make you better at snowboarding. He only started a couple years ago and loves the sport immensely.
“I started off snowboarding because it looked really cool and a little more fun than skiing,” he said. “I went up [to Tahoe] a couple times and learned how to ride front side and back side. I was never really brought to the attention of the sport by my parents — I sort of just did my own thing and got myself on the mountain when I wanted. Learning this experience on my own allowed me to enjoy the activity even more. The feeling snowboarding gives me is also very gratifying and the want for that feeling causes me to want to get up there and have a great time.”
Matt encourages students to partake in something that allows for a lot of fun and as an emotional outlet for the enduring school work and the pandemic that blocks our day-to-day activities.
“It’s hard to enjoy it first about the first year until you can get the strength in your legs to ride downhill and really have full control of the board. My advice to new learners is to stick with it and keep trying because you will get better and enjoy the sport to the fullest.”
There is a constant debate on which resort is the best for snowboarders and the best for skiers. People have their diverse opinions based off if they like to go off jumps or ride the rails or if some people like to ride bigger hills or just the little bunny slopes.
“I used to have a season pass at Sierra-at-Tahoe, which is a great idea because seasons passes save a lot, but you would have to go up consistently. However, I did change my spot to Sugar Bowl and I usually go up there every weekend with friends or family and it is just all around a fantastic experience.”
Matt is one of many snowboarders who like to go up and enjoy the beauty of the mountains, but his brother Joe Solari (’21) is also a good snowboarder who loves to spend time on the slopes also.
“I have been boarding for about four years now — I started my freshman year and it had been a passion for me because it is a getaway from the Sacramento Valley,” he says. “Growing up here, there are not a ton of things to do, so I like going up [to the mountains] because I can get away from normal everyday life.”
Joe enjoys going up with his brother and family a lot because it is a good bonding experience. Everyone who goes up and rides seems to be in a great mood all the time. The adrenaline rush seems to be the factor of why people like to go and enjoy the outdoors.
“I pretty much go up with whoever wants to get up the hill and prep the night before, get all of my gear together, wake up early to get a good spot in the hill, and get to shredding.”
Many people enjoy skiing more because it is easier to learn and control, but there is always a controversy among these two winter sports.
“My parents has a strong influence on me to ski because they both do and so does my brother,” says Skylar Rapp (’21). “I have tried snowboarding before and I can actually ride both, but I like skiing better because I feel like I’m better and in more control, which makes it so fun.”
Skylar has been skiing for about four years now and tends to go up with her family a lot. She loves the feeling it gives, and she says nothing beats it.
“It allows me to look around and just enjoy life as a whole,” the senior says. “I connected to skiing very well because of this physical feeling of happiness and adrenaline that I get. I’m used to always being busy with school, so I like to get out and get away from all of just as everyone else does. It’s pretty popular just because of that reason. There is a lot of work that goes into it but once you do it, you will never want to stop.”
“Also, ski and don’t snowboard.”