Powder Quest 2016 was a BLAST!!!

On Friday, March 4th, four Mountain Circle employees and 18 past and present foster youth, ages 14 and up, from Chico, Susanville, and Reno gathered at the Clair Tappan Lodge in preparation for a weekend full of skiing, snowboarding, bonding, and learning!  Friday night involved getting settled in, meeting new people, as well as seeing returning faces.  Special recognition and a gift was given to Lalo Romero, who is now 24 years old and on track to graduate from Feather River College this year.  Lalo has been with Mountain Circle since 2003, and has been a great mentor and inspiration to us all.

Lalo

 

To honor Lalo, who has been coming on this trip for 10 years and is now 24 and graduating with his AA degree, we gave him a sweet ride! Lalo has been with Mountain Circle since he was an 11-year old foster child.

 

It was up and at ‘em early Saturday morning to eat breakfast and head to Sugar Bowl to hit the slopes!!  Returning skiers and snowboarders made a b-line for the lifts, while those less experienced individuals opted to take a lesson.  The weather on Saturday was quite rainy, but nonetheless, fun was had by all!

Anna

After dinner Saturday night, staff and youth gathered in the lodge for a traditional game of Apples to Apples, which is always a fun and special time of laughs and bonding.  In fact, it is noted as several of the youth’s most memorable experiences during the weekend that they will not forget.

“I love game night, Apples to Apples was a lot of fun!!” ~ Madison Shea

Games

What a surprise everyone woke up to Sunday morning…over a foot of snow!!!  What an adventure it was digging out and packing up all of the vehicles!

Snow Ski Trip

Ski Trip

 

 

 

 

 

Once the vehicles were packed and ready to go, everyone gathered together for a Mountain Circle family photo.

 

Group Ski Trip Shot

The Mountain Circle Family. For some foster youth, this was the FIRST time they had seen snow!

We said, “See you next year!” to the Clair Tappan Lodge, and headed back to Sugar Bowl.

 

Anna and Curtis

Anna and Curtis, Mountain Circle Social Workers

With all of the fresh snow, Sunday slope conditions couldn’t be much better, and everyone hit it hard again! By Sunday afternoon, everyone was tuckered out.  Well, almost everyone…

 

Snowboarding

Foster youth learn to push themselves on the slopes~

 

“This was by far one of the best trips I have ever been on in my entire life.  I learned so Anna 2much on so many levels, and made friends and memories that I will forever cherish.  I am so very thankful to have had this experience, and to be able to call Mountain Circle my family. ” ~ Anna L. Mountain Circle Social Worker.

A big THANK YOU to the Running with the Bears Charity Runners who make this weekend possible! What does this trip mean to Mountain Circle’s youth participants? Watch this short film about the impact of Running with the Bears!