Lots of love from the ski hotel. I’m excited. I love winter, I love snow, I love being outside and I love doing sports, so skiing is absolutely perfect. Just a week ago I didn’t consider downhill skiing “sport” yet, because you’re pulled up and then gravity pulls you back down right? Not that big of a workout, is it? But then after a day on the slope I could tell that it wasn’t that easy after all – all my leg muscles hurt so bad!
I used to go skiing with my parents when I was about 9-10 years old on very very shallow and short hills close to where we lived in Finland. After that I haven’t been skiing much – barely at all for almost ten years! So I have to admit that despite my excitement I was quite nervous when I first put my skis on and waddled to the ski lift. I don’t know what I was more nervous about – the lift up or the way down.
And of course the obvious had to happen: I was too nervous to jump off the lift in fear of falling and just kept sitting so they had to stop the lift and get me out! The first slight down wasn’t too elegant either – I kept my feet in a reverse V-shape, which works as a brake. But that was alright. Because with every slight down it got better and better and in the end I was able to keep my skis together all the time. And I didn’t fear the lift anymore either!
As I said, the next day my legs hurt really really bad because of that half-kneeing position that you’re in all the time. But what I wanted to tell you with this: skiing isn’t hard. Even for beginners. Take it easy and you can do it. Keep your knees bend, the tips of your skis together if it goes too fast and you’ll make it down easily! And remember some woolen socks and some hot chocolate in between, those are life-savers!
P.S. Unfortunately there are no pictures of me yet but I’ll hopefully change that tomorrow!