During our winter in a mountain ski town, this ski instructor has been teaching precious tiny souls their very first ski lessons...in ways that made them feel so safe (because safety + fun = learning).
So, before we left this ski town, I asked if he might give me a ski lesson, too.
Even though I’m afraid of skiing down a mountain (and just about everything that comes with it).
I tried to stay mindfully in the moment, but I did became a little sassy (when my choice to snowplow everywhere did not impress).
However, most of the time, I was a good little student and followed instructions.
Until I spotted a warm cabin.
How Just One Ski Lesson Can Help a Beginning Skier Overcome Some Fears:
Learning to turn without wedging (snowplowing)…there is a rhythm…and once found, it doesn't seem as scary to do this on slightly steeper hills.
Learning to ski through racing gates, terrain parks, and how to do hockey stops (like all the little kids) brings so much fun on the flatter surfaces (and more confidence at faster speeds).
Balancing ski poles in front of oneself helps one use their hips/lower body to turn, keeping the upper body facing forward.
There are rules skiers need to follow (to keep us all safe), so that skier who bombs down the hill and nearly takes one out should definitely have their pass pulled (it’s wrong to put others in danger).
When someone (like, let's say, your ski instructor) appears to be seriously contemplating something they cannot verbalize, they might just need to proceed, as is, for a while, before they're able to reflect and put their concerns into words (and that's okay).
Travel TIPs for Beginning Skiers:
I was traveling with a ski instructor who had to keep extra gear, so I borrowed gear from him (helmet, goggles, jacket, pants, and gloves). His pockets were so huge that I could stuff them full of accessories and food for the day (no backpack needed).
It was affordable to rent skis, boots, and poles. Places like Switzerland can also have far superior rental equipment, which can make it wiser to rent (than to fly gear over).
Against protocol, I rented boots a tad larger than recommended, as my toes could then wiggle and stay warm. This might hamper skiing success, but my toes definitely needed the extra room.
Wearing rental boots might give one foot or toenail fungus (though the ski lodge says they use products that prevent this). So after skiing, I showered, washed my clothing, and used my tea tree wipes on my feet.
Hanging out at a ski lodge is a perfectly acceptable way to spend a winter (even if one never skis).