So I’ve been learning to ski the past few days. Let me tell you, it’s a humbling experience being on a pair of skis at 30 years of age for the first time in your life. For the first 2 days, I stayed on the pre-bunny hill, surrounded by what seemed like daredevil 4 year olds bombing down the 7 foot vertical drop on their skis and snowboards. I think on the first day, I actually just stood at the top for 15-20 minutes watching them, terrified of moving. Oh, and the rental shop also gave me the wrong size skis, so several times I ended up pizza’ing as hard as I could, while gaining speed, which was frustrating. I practiced going down that kiddie hill as much as I could, but just couldn’t feel comfortable enough to leave it.
I think Joel could tell I was getting discouraged (and/or to help speed up my progression) so he got me a snazzy alpine touring set up for my third day. And it did make a difference! I just felt so much more comfortable and in control (all relative, as you can see in the video), that I was able to gather up some nerve to leave the kiddie hill, and actually try to ski (albeit, on the beginner slope).
Anyway, the whole point of this is to someday get good enough to explore backcountry alpine terrain. I know I’ve got a long way to go, but there’s a mountain only an hour away and open for skiing 365 days a year!