by Natalia Dutt, AmeriCorps Member
Anyone who lives and plays in Tucker County knows that winter is a time that we enter a dream world. We are able to get over the dreariness that is brought along by subzero temperatures by utilizing the amazing recreation opportunities found near Thomas. Whoever has spent any amount of time here in the winter knows that the community can be known to live and breathe skiing. With our proximity to the various ski resorts it is so incredibly easy to get caught up in the hype. White Grass XC seems to be a hub that brings the entire community together year after year. With the amazing trails, good vibes, and even better food it is tough not to spend all of your free time there. Whether you are a local or a visitor, pro or just a beginner, White Grass welcomes all with open arms. It is a place where no one cares if you are the best of the best as long as you try your hardest and have a good attitude. It is so incredibly easy to lose track of time in the cozy lodge.
In Thomas it seems like everyone is born with skis attached to their feet. No matter your age it is a sport that everyone can enjoy. When there is an incredibly snowy day you are more than likely to see your neighbors skiing down the road towards the rail trail. It has become more than just a fun past-time, it is a lifestyle here. I once heard someone say, “if there is snow on the ground there should be skis on your feet.” This is the mentality that you find so often here in Thomas. It is rare to find people who hide away from the powdery wonderland brought on by snow. They relish in it. They allow the positive vibes drive them to have the best possible time during the harsh winter months. Though this warm weather in January can be welcomed with open arms we can’t help but be hopeful for another snowy day to hit the slopes.
What is your favorite way to spend the cold winter months? We'd love to hear from you!