This weekend I got to cross something else off my 30 for 30 list....skiing. I went skiing once, when I was like 11. It was a Girl Scout trip. There wasn't even a ski lift. So I don't even think it counts. My husband grew up in Maine and West Virginia. Therefore he is pretty much a skiing expert. I have been promising him for years that we would go on a ski trip at some point but I just never made it happen. But a couple weeks ago, I got a Groupon email for half off lift tickets to a place two and a half hours away. So we decided to go for it. My friend Jenni and her future husband Matt decided to tag along. This worked out well since Matt also already knows how to ski and Jenni like me, does not.
Once we got there, we rented out equipment and headed out to the flat-ish area to test out our skis. I ended up like this pretty fast...
Finally we decided to go ahead and take the plunge and get on the ski lift. I was really scared of the ski lifts. I was pretty sure I wouldn't be ready to get on to it and that I would then fall right off. That did not happen. I made it to the top. Now I was ready to conquer the mountain. The first time I went down I fell three times. After that I kind of got the hang of it (turning, the pizza slice, etc). However, I never made it down the mountain without falling at least once. I would be doing great, then all the sudden I would accidentally gain speed, see people way in front of me, freak out and think that I'd hit them, and then slam into the snow. Good times.
Overall I enjoyed my ski experience and would like to try it again. I'm pretty sore today though (and having a bit of trouble using my calf muscles).
Do you ski?
Is snowboarding harder or easier? (it looks pretty scary to me)