What a difference a day makes

On Saturday I went back to give the skiing another shot. I figured, with my level of discomfort and fear of the whole thing I was probably better off getting a private lesson, just to get over that hump and feel more comfortable. That is exactly what I got.

Talk about being out of my comfort zone – I went up there by myself feeling totally scared. The last time I went it wasn’t the most fun. But at least I’d had a friend with me. This time I was totally on my own. At least I already knew the instructor (I had requested the one from the last lesson) and knew she was a lot of fun and very patient. But even she said that she had been surprised (but really happy) that I’d come back. After the last time, she would have expected me to throw in the towel and said to hell with it. But I didn’t feel the last time gave me a fair assessment of the sport. It had been snowing, my equipment sucked. Not a good way to start.

Despite it all, by the end of the lesson she had me turning back and forth down the hill to control my speed; we moved from the very very easy hill to a more steeper one. I was able to navigate around people in front of me. I actually only fell once the whole time – and even then I sort of did it on purpose because I wasn’t slowing down enough and I wanted to stop. After that, I was getting better at controlling my speed so I didn’t need to just bail like that to come to a stop. And the best part, I was really starting to have fun. When we went down the steeper hill, I really felt like I had gotten it. She was really happy with the amount of improvement I’d been able to do.

And now? I can’t wait to go back. I’ve been thinking about the whole experience all day – I’ll probably be on the mountain in my mind all week. Next weekend we’ll all go up. I’m going to do a group lesson (now at least, I feel like I won’t be holding anyone up), Rachel will do a lesson too. And we’ll try to sign Zach up for an afternoon lesson. Sam will probably just be on hand for Zach’s lesson since his and Rachel’s lesson would end an hour before mine does, as well, this will be the first time we put Zach on skis so we have no idea how he’ll react. My instructor said that probably one more (group) lesson and I should be good to do some green runs on my own outside of a lesson.

Aside from wanting to learn, I was really hoping that this would be something that we could do together as a family and it’s starting to look like we just might be able to do that. That it can be something that we all enjoy doing together.

I’m also still on a high because for years, I have had a pretty strong fear of skiing. I really didn’t know if it was something I was going to be able to do. I’m not exactly very athletically inclined. (Understatement of the year) I had always imagined myself getting on skis, not being able to control my speed and just hurdling down the mountain without breaks. So doing this; getting to the point of actually feeling comfortable on the skis; getting to the point of not being afraid – and in fact ENJOYING it. I feel like a faced and conquered a fear. It’s extremely empowering. I can’t wait to get back on the mountain again.


4 Comments

  1. Caryn
    Jan 12, 2010

    So cool! I learned to ski in Colorado with my family when I was little and always loved it. As I have gotten older, I realized that my fear of skiing came from being a little farther off the ground, with more of a distance to fall. But there is nothing like the feeling of cruising down the mountain with the wind in your face. Hope this is something that turns into a family event.

  2. Jennifer
    Jan 12, 2010

    @Caryn – after having fallen a few times, I’ve decided I’m no longer afraid of falling. The snow is soft and at least is a guaranteed way to stop. LOL! (Of course I’m never going very fast) – but that’s what my fear is – speed and not being able to control it. But the lesson really went a long way to helping me learn that control. 😀

  3. Caryn
    Jan 13, 2010

    We are a long ways from snow, but if we ever end up around it long term, I would love to take a lesson or two. I can hold my own, but it would be nice to have help from the pros on my form. My brothers and sister-in-law are really good, but I think some of that is from being naturally athletic. Good for you for taking some time for yourself to learn.

  4. Christine
    Jan 13, 2010

    Good for you! I will never go skiing and I hate snow more than almost anything, but I fully support your right to ski! =) Seriously though, good job!

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