Several Miss USA and Miss Teen USA contestants enjoyed skiing, snowboarding and tubing at Liberty Mountain Snowflex Centre on Sunday.
The 11 contestants spent several hours trying out the slopes and relaxing in the Barrick-Falwell Lodge after attending a weekend retreat at The Master’s Inn in Altavista, Va., which was sponsored by StandOut Productions.
“It’s such a great thing to do,” Miss USA 2005 Chelsea Altman, president of StandOut Productions, said of Snowflex. “It’s a beautiful lodge and it’s very comfortable. It’s just a great environment. I don’t know of anywhere else that you can go to do something like this, with the Snowflex. Everybody that we’ve ever brought here has had a blast, whether they’re relaxing or out on the slope.”
The weekend’s activities were meant to encourage team-building and included a ropes course, horseback riding and skating, Altman said. Snowflex was the contestants’ final activity before returning to their home states.
“It’s really cool, I’ve never seen this kind of stuff before so it’s really interesting,” said Miss Idaho USA Erza Haljiti, the first contestant to try the slope.
Some contestants had no previous experience with skiing and snowboarding, but several quickly got used to the synthetic Snowflex material.
“I found myself treating it exactly like normal snow,” said Miss Oregon USA Anna Prosser, who lives in Portland, Ore., near Mount Hood. “I love to ski. At home we don’t have anything quite like this, but we do have one slope that goes year-round. Usually the snow year-round isn’t as good, so if I had something like this it would be awesome.”