Ski enthusiasts hit the slopes in Otis

This weekend marks the beginning of ski season. 

“Just to remind people that winter is coming and ski season has officially started,” General manager of Otis Ridge Ski Area, Eric Vanoostveen told 22News. 

Ski resorts in New England are open for business. As a way to kick off ski season, Otis Ridge Ski Area hosted a “beginners day,” and treated about 100 guests to about $60 in free services.

“So we offer free opportunity to come out, try on some skis or a snowboard. We’ll give you a lesson. We’ll give you a lift ticket and just come and have fun for the day,” said Vanoostveen. 

Ski enthusiast Shanda Lazare said she couldn’t wait to the hit the slopes, “I just love Otis Ridge. I find it’s very family friendly. People are really kind and all the slopes end at the same place, so I can find my daughter when she comes down, pretty easily and people are very friendly.” 

The ski area also provided free equipment to everyone. One skier had some advice for newbies. 

“You just need patience and you need to know how to calm down, because if you stress out, then it’s not going to work well,” Xyler Lazare explained. “So you have to be calm while you’re doing it.” 

The cold temperatures didn’t stop new winter-sports-enthusiast from enjoying themselves. “Once you get the hang of it it’s really fun,” said 10-year-old Lauren Lange, a first-time skier.  

After two decades away from the slopes, Lauren’s mom, Kelly Lange told 22News it feels good to be back. “It feels wonderful to get out in the fresh air and just get back out on the slopes. It feels good.”

Six-year-old Andrew Adams has been skiing since he was 2 years old. He told 22News the best part about skiing is racing his parents, “It’s fun because you get to beat your mommy down the hill.”

And after all that skiing, kids and parents warmed up over hot chocolate and snacks.

Ski season officially kicks off at Otis Ridge Ski Area next weekend.

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