Reno Winter Wonderland
Because of the intensity and athleticism snowboarding demands, we made sure to incorporate breaks in between each day of going on the slopes. On these “off days,” we all decided it would be good to explore the atmosphere of Renoand check out some of the fun casinoes “The Biggest Little City in the World”had to offer.We stayed at the Worldmark in the middle of Reno next to The Sands, Eldorado, Harrahs, Silver Legacy, and Circus Circus casinos.
Though there was not much for us kids to do we found all the arcades and somehow found ourselves trapped in their spell and played all of the games till a decent amount of money was long gone.The area we boarded on was property of the Northstar resort and lodge. Without a doubt, we all enjoyed ourselves, despite that it was Caitlin’s and my own first time snowboarding while Roni and Charlie had 6 years of experience.
Although we all shared wonderfully joyous times after Caitlin and I got the hang of it, something struck a little problem overall: apparently,there had not been a single flakeof actual snow.Even though it was a good run down the mountain for all of us, reports on the news before and during our trip there said that it had not snowed at all, therefore making all of the snow on which we boarded man-made and more related to ice then anything else.
Supposedly good boarders can maneuver whether on ice or powder-like snow, which makes the difference of being soft as a pillow or as hard as concrete. As expected it didn’t affect Roni and Charlie but made falling for Caitlin and me pretty painful.
As the week passed, both Caitlin and I became experienced enough to run down any mountain Roni and Charlie took us on, but once we returned home we all had a lot more bruises and scratches then we thought. Concluding the giant Reno trip, all four of us not only had enjoyed being together for a week but also enjoyed the success and accomplishment of learning something new: ice is hard to snowboard on and it feels harder when you land on your knees, face or tailbone.
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