WINDHAM, FAMILY FRIENDLY FUN!
by Liana Maraschiello
Photos by Steven Kain

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My boyfriend and I have recently developed an interest in skiing/snowboarding. One weekend we took a trip up to Windham Mountain. Having just recently snowed the conditions were amazing. Upon arrival, we met the staff, some very friendly people, all with the goal to allow me to have an enjoyable visit.



Skiing

A beautiful morning, Steve's first thought was to get right to the top of the mountain. As he sat on the Whirlwind Express Quad, the cool air touching his face made him feel excited. As he went down the Upper Wrap Around, the slope was awesome for carving and an overall smooth ride. The Upper Wrap Around which combined into the Whiskey Jack gave him the option to go down to the bottom or take the G lift. He decided to take the lift to the top and he traveled down the wanderer which is a good nice trail for beginners. He liked that because it gave everyone the option to go to the top.

As he went down the snow was fresh and very nice to ride on. No Ice! They offered easy, intermediate, and hard trails so everyone can get a good ride down the mountain from the highest point. After some nice riding on the trails he decided it was time for some terrain parks. The terrain parks, which have nice jumps all over the mountain, were tons of fun. He had taken the D lift; Whiteway triple chair lift through the Wilbur these were some big jumps, so I just rode through.

Then he took the A lift Whirlwind Express Quad again to the top and rode down to the Lower Warpath Park which was better for my skill level. Here the trails they offer terrain parks for all levels of skills, Beginner to Extremely hard. Although he fell a couple times on the harder ones, the fresh snow helped me stay unhurt. Considering the snow storm they just had, almost every trail was open which is always a plus. My experience here was one of the best I've had. Definitely a place I'll be coming back to visit in the near future.



Snowboarding

Although I'm still a beginner and did not go on many trails, my favorite trail would have to be the Wooly Bear. This trail is the one they use for little kids and for lessons. I did fall a couple of times but the wonderfully powdery snow helped cushion the fall.

While riding down the trail I noticed how many ski instructors there were that morning, All treating the beginners with kindness and respect. I heard one instructor congratulate their student every time they did the right turn. It was great to know that the instructors were so encouraging.

After a few runs down Wooly Bear, I went over to Legends Bar and Grill for some lunch. It was about 11 AM so the restaurant wasn't too crowded. I sat down at one of the many open tables. I looked up and the waitress was already there. I ordered a chicken quesadilla and the food came almost immediately. I was instantly hooked after one bite. It was the best quesadilla ever!!

After a great lunch and a beer, I headed over to the Adventure Park. The Adventure Park is about a 3 minute ride from the main mountain. Instead of having to take your car they offer a free shuttle bus to and from the adventure park. In the Adventure Park they have tubing, zip lines, ice skating, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, and show shoeing. I opted to just try the tubing and zip lines.

I got my tube and waited to go down one of the eight lanes. When it was my turn I was asked if I wanted to spin or go straight down. As I'm still a little kid at heart, I choose to spin. Going down, I decided to wear my snowboarding goggles to avoid the cold air hitting my eyes. It was an amazing experience.

After a few trips down the tubing lanes, I pumped up my courage and tried the zip line. I went into the gear room and got suited up in my harness. Luckily I had my own helmet thanks to snowboarding earlier during the day so I didn't need to rent a helmet. But if I had needed one, the helmet rental was easy and convenient.

I stood on the box and waited for the OK to jump. I started to wonder why in the world I would actually be doing this but my risk taking side over took the fear and I jumped. My adrenaline was racing as I soared down the line to the next platform. After reaching the next platform I felt unstoppable and was very glad I got the two ride ticket. After another round I went into Sliders and enjoyed a nice hot chocolate by the fireplace. Refreshed and relaxed I went back up to the main mountain.



WINDHAM STATS

Base elevation 1,500'

Summit elevation 3,100'

Vertical rise 1,600'

Skiable acres 269

Miles of trails 16.75

Trails 49

Night skiing trails 8

Easier 30%

More difficult 40%

Most difficult 30%

Terrain parks 5

Lifts 10

Uphill capacity 16,450 skiers per hour

Quads 2 high-speed detachable chair lifts

Triples 4

Doubles 1

Surface 3 surface lifts



I absolutely loved Windham. I can't wait to see what the new beginner area will look like next season (2013-2014). If you have young kids or are just a beginner or if you're a seasonal skier, this is a very nice mountain.

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