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Skiing, snowboarding hills abound in Michigan

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While many may run away from the biting snowfall in Michigan, senior Helena Gryzenia looks forward to them because it means another opportunity to hit the slopes.

“Skiing and snowboarding are good ways to get outside in the winter,” Gryzenia said. “Most people don’t like going outside in the winter because it’s cold, but skiing and snowboarding make it fun. Plus, it’s good exercise.”

However Gryzenia is not the only student that enjoys skiing during the winter. Junior Liam Wilcox also enjoys winter sports in Michigan.

“I think skiing is fun because it’s such a rush, and you can just do what you want,” Wilcox said.

Wilcox said he enjoys the social aspect of participating in winter sports.

“I ski because my family has always skied, and it’s a fun way to spend time with family and friends,” Wilcox said.

Just as Wilcox started skiing because of his family’s tradition, Gryzenia said she first learned how to ski at the age of 7 following in her mom’s footsteps.

“My mom skis and so does my extended family,” Gryzenia said. “My mom wanted me to learn how when I was young, but I stuck with it because I really liked it.”

After six years of skiing, Gryzenia decided to try something new.

“In eighth grade, I learned how to snowboard,” Gryzenia said. “I took lessons at Caberfae because I wanted to learn something new besides skiing.”

Although there are an abundance of ski resorts in Michigan, such as Caberfae Peaks in Cadillac, Boyne Mountain in Boyne Falls, and Cannonsburg Ski Area in Belmont,
Wilcox said his favorite memory comes from skiing in Utah.

“I usually go to Crystal Mountain, but my favorite place is Park City, Utah,” Wilcox said. “I ski with my family usually, but I also have some friends who ski.”

Utah is also a favorite skiing destination for Gryzenia.

“My family and I ski out west every year in Utah at Salvesen,” Gryzenia said. “I skied on this one mountain called Lone Tree. It is a double black mountain, which is the hardest. That was really cool. I made it down without falling, which is amazing.”

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