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Ski ‘Bama!

posted on Monday, February 1st, 2010 at 9:45 pm

Okay. This is just a fun post. This past weekend, my fiance and I drove 8 hours from New Orleans, Louisiana to Mentone, Alabama to ski at Cloudmont Ski and Golf Resort.

It’s a little hidden resort in Northern Alabama near the Georgia border. The mountain is 1800 feet above sea level, the snow is man-made, but it’s definitely fun!

The Run!

The Run!

There are a number of ski resorts in the Smokey Mountains, but this was the closest place to us where we could find skis and a place to ride! It was a blast. There’s a tow-rope to the top of the run, and it took me less than a minute to ride down the slope (without turning). My fiance learned to ski last year in Lake Tahoe, so he enjoyed the chance to practice his skills, and even improve on a relatively easy run.

Don’t get me wrong, there was definitely an incline on this mountain. There is a chance to gain some speed and practice your skills. That’s why it was such a great opportunity for us as we plan another trip to Tahoe this Spring.

Slope-side Chalets!

Slope-side Chalets!

I loved the slope-side chalets, the lack of TV, radio or internet, and the isolated surroundings. There’s not much to eat at the resort, but nearby Mentone, Alabama is a quaint village with scrumptious homemade food and some cozy inns. We arrived at about 8pm Saturday night, took in about an hour of night-skiing, and then went straight to bed! (Nothing else to do, no TV or internet.) The next day, after about two hours of skiing, we decided to head into nearby Mentone to eat at the Wildflower Cafe. It came recommended, but there weren’t a lot of choices. I loved the homemade spinach quiche and tomato pie. Then, we decided to visit Desoto Falls and hike along Little River Canyon. It was such a nice trip.

I think we’re going to try out the nearby Dude ranch next.

-Dawn Brown

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