The troop went on our annual snow sports outing Saturday, February 13. We will met at Kern at 1:00PM and drove up to the tram in Gatlinburg. Once we got off the interstate, we ran into heavy traffic before we even got to Sevierville. From that point, it took us over two hours to reach the tram station in Gatlinburg. Similarly, the tram station was also very crowded but got through that OK since we already had a group reservation. We finally got up to the ski area and our equipment rented a little after 7PM (6 hours after leaving the church!). Because it took about 3 hours longer that expected to begin skiing, we decided to ski until the slopes closed at 10PM. The skiing conditions were excellent with all the natural snow. Surprisingly, the slopes were not crowded at all with very short lines waiting for the lift. After skiing, we turned in our equipment and headed over to the tram to ride back down to the station where we parked. Because of the heavy crowds, the live for the tram was very long and we waited for an hour to ride back down the mountain. Since we skied for and an extra hour and had to wait and hour to get back on the tram, we did not get back to Oak ridge until around 2AM.