It was the fourth Sunday of Cardrona’s signature Hobbits Programme and the conditions were absolutely magnificent. A gorgeous bluebird day with great snow conditions and no wind, perfect for the day’s theme: freestyle. There were altogether over 100 kids divided into 20 groups of snowboarders and skiers. The groups split up all over the mountain to prepare themselves for the freestyle competition in the afternoon…
Skiers and boarders from 4 to 14 years old have been having a blast with each other in the Hobbits programme and this day was no different! “My favourite thing about Hobbits is having the same coach every time” says Pyper, 13, who is in Hobbits for the second time. Her friend Simone, 13, doing her first Hobbits Programme agrees; “ Meeting new people and doing different stuff every week is also great. It is only my first season snowboarding but I can already go around the mountain and do a heap of different stuff!” For Alice, 5, and Frances, 6, the best thing is: “JUMPS!”.
After a picnic lunch in the stellar sunny weather, the Hobbits started to gather at Cardrona’s Lil’ Bucks Park. The sides of the terrain park were crowded with parents ready to cheer for the little rippers and the judges had taken their seats, ready to give top scores for awesome tricks. Sweet airs, impressive grabs, splendid landings and a hundred smiling faces are seen over the jumps during the duration of the competition. The Hobbits had a marvelous time showing their skills to their parents, instructors, judges and of course, to Pengi!
It was a freestyle day for the little ‘Hobblets’ as well. Aged from 4 to 6 years old, Hobblets enjoyed their competition in Cardrona’s Bambi Way terrain park. Over the rollers and boxes they went, parents and instructors cheering all the way. The Hobblets had a wonderful time displaying their skills in the little park and Pengi also made another appearance, clapping and giving out high fives to all the competitors.
After an awesome day of freestyling in the sun, the groups of happy Hobbits and Hobblets returned to Cardrona’s base area for prize giving in the Cardrona Courtyard, where everybody received a freestyle certificate and a treat! Tired and happy from the long day of skiing and snowboarding, smiles, hugs and waves were changed before heading back home. The last day of Hobbits will be on August 31 where we will also be celebrating both Pengi and Frosty’s birthday so come enjoy the festivities!
Words by Veinalotta Vesterinen