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Is Great Bear going down hill?

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Caroline Hughes
What snowboarding really looks like, when someone is actually good and not tumbling down the hill like Hazel.

Descending down the slopes with snow covered hills you can hear someone coming up behind you getting louder and louder. Suddenly, you are tumbling down the hill getting snow in every crevice such as your mouth, eyes, ears, nose and every part that is exposed to the crisp air. The slopes are not for everyone, especially not Hazel. 

Great Bear has been around since 1998 and as of this year features 14 downhill trails for skiing and snowboarding, a tubing park (Kirby Family Tubing Park), a terrain park (for tricks) along with cross country and snowshoeing trails for all levels of experience. Not only do they have activities for experts but they have lessons for beginners in addition to equipment rentals for everything needed such as helmets, boards and skis . Along with all the activities Great Bear has included the concessions and seating for all the customers.

Despite the constant critique Great Bear has gotten over the years, LHS students are some of the park’s biggest fans. On a scale of 1-10, LHS students have explained why they have kept the opinionated rating above 50%. “10 because it’s the only place to ski near here,” said an anonymous LHS student. 

“10 because it’s a place to be yourself and let loose. You can go with friends or by yourself and you’ll still have a good time,” said an anonymous LHS student. 

On the other hand, LHS students can also be their biggest critiquer, from suggesting more slopes to shred, to reducing the price on rice krispies to complaining about the equipment.

“Make the tow rope have grips and make someone work it,” said an anonymous LHS student. 

The issue of season passes surfacing in the ‘23 to ‘24 season includes critiques even from satisfied LHS students. 91.7% of LHS students go to Great Bear, and 58.3% of survey respondents obtain a season pass. Purchasing a season pass in October before the season starts costs $265 upfront, while buying it during the season costs $300. This may seem expensive, but compared to buying a regular day pass every time you hit the slopes, it is likely worth it. The regular day pass, with your equipment, is $33; if you need to rent equipment, it’s $38. This results in only a $5 difference but could add up over time. Going to Great Bear more than 10 times in the season makes buying a season pass something to consider.

However, if you decide to get a season pass be aware that we could have another snowless Christmas. In which case, the season could be opening a couple months late like this year. Getting the worth out of your money would still be possible but no fun when December rolls around and Great Bear is not open yet. 

“It’s really frustrating, especially after how long last season was, but it’s not like they can control the weather,” said an anonymous LHS student.

Navigating the slopes at Great Bear offers a thrilling experience, yet not everyone is cut out for the challenges it presents, as Hazel discovered in a rather snowy tumble. While Great Bear Ski Resort offers an exhilarating winter experience with its diverse activities, including skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowshoeing, it is not without its critiques. Despite occasional weather-related challenges, such as a delayed opening in the current season, LHS students remain avid fans, citing the unique atmosphere and opportunities for self-expression as key attractions. Season passes prove popular by LHS students, even with pricing concerns. Great Bear’s endearing charm lies in its ability to cater to both experienced winter enthusiasts as well as to beginners, making it a cherished destination for those seeking snowy adventures on the slopes.

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Caroline Hughes
Caroline Hughes, Staff Writer
Caroline Hughes is a senior, second-year staff writer for the Statesman. She plans to spend most of her senior year playing LHS Softball and watching Adam Sandler movies in her bed. Hughes’ 2023-2024 goals are to be back to back champions for softball, go to a Mike. concert and maximize her pull up ability to a total of five.
Hazel Hughes
Hazel Hughes, Staff Writer
Hazel Hughes is a sophomore, first-year staff writer for the Statesman. Hughes is a member of the LHS track and field team as well as the LHS dance team. In Hughes’ freetime, you can find her doing hot yoga at Amy Miller Training. Even though she is a multi-sport athlete, you will never  catch her without her nails done. Hughes is the best story-teller, and if you disagree, her mom wants to see you at Sunday family dinners. 
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