Last year, I had the pleasure of being introduced to the HERO USA organization. HERO USA offers paddle sport outings for visitors, corporations and youth programs. My children, then 6, were invited to canoe along the Scioto River as part of a youth program on a beautiful autumn day.
While autumn appears to be gone for the year, we don’t have to say goodbye to HERO USA.
During the cold weather months, the paddles are exchanged for sticks and the organization takes its fun to the snow!
HERO USA teaches even the completely inexperienced to learn to enjoy the slopes. I’ve never stepped foot into a ski boot, let along onto a snowboard. But from the moment we arrived at Mad River Mountain the HERO crew was answering questions our group of first-timers didn’t know to ask.
Each person was given the option to ski or snowboard (I chose snowboard) then suited and booted by HERO staff members (putting on ski boots is not as simple as it sounds).
It was a gorgeous winter day as we took to the hills. After being separated into groups based on our choices we were given individual instruction on how to navigate our equipment (with special emphasis on how to fall and how to get up – not as simple as it sounds!)
Although I never made it to the top of the hill to do a run, I was quite proud of my first time.
The snow will be around more and more often these days and you know what they say…
“If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em!”
HERO USA is guaranteed to help you beat the winter blues.
HERO offers a Snowsports Education Program, special events and competitions, partnerships with youth organizations and volunteer opportunities.
Check out their winter programming here and their main website here for more information on how to get involved by volunteering or registering for classes.
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