Ski School

One of my friends from our ward, Jane, has organized a blog for the ladies in the neighborhood and puts together a Girls' Night Out every month. She does a great job at getting people together and making everyone feel welcome. It has been a lot of fun. I have gone to one or two of the activities in the past.

Yesterday, we went skiing. You can ski for free at Alta from 3:00-4:30 PM every day, and you can rent all the equipment (skis, poles, and boots) for $10. I have never skied before, but have snowboarded. I was never very good at snowboarding because I am really afraid of hurting myself. I thought that for $10, I could try skiing just to see if I liked it.

We got up to Alta around 2:30 to rent our equipment, so we beat the rush and were able to get on the hill by 3:15 or so. There were six of us skiing, and two of us were complete beginners -- though I had a slight edge on Lally because I had at least been to a ski resort before and knew the basics of getting on and off the lift.

Michelle, Kjersten, Sidney, Jane, Me, Heather, Beka, and Lally

Then, up we went. We skipped the real bunny hill that has only a tow rope, but went for the next hardest hill. The lift ride takes 10-15 minutes so Michelle (who has only been a few times before) and I had plenty of time to get all psyched out about getting off the lift without killing ourselves. By the time we got to the top, we were both really scared, but managed to make it off the lift without too much trouble. The problem after that was that we were at the top of a mountain with very little idea how to get down without injury.

Luckily, Jane was there to help. She helped Michelle and I figure out the basic idea of how to turn and how to slow down. Lally was terrified, so she skied the run hanging onto Jane's waist. It probably took me 30 minutes to get down the hill, but I made it and only fell down about 3 times. Pretty good for a first run! I was amazed at how much easier skiing is than snowboarding. I didn't have to worry about catching my edges or getting stuck in the flat spots (those poles are lifesavers). We made it to the bottom and got right back on the lift for a second run. Luckily, we were just in time. We made it to the top just before they shut the lift down for the day, so we got two runs in. That was all my poor leg muscles could handle anyway.

After our second run, we gathered in the lodge to enjoy some hot chocolate and get to know each other better. It was a lot of fun and I can't wait to hang out with these ladies again. I am also working on convincing Dave that he needs to try skiing... so hopefully we'll be going again this winter.


kjtroxel said...

It was so much fun...even with my "problems" :)
I can't wait to hang out with you again!

Christie said...

I didn't know about the alta thing. 1.5 hours is about the right amount of skiing for me :-)

Dave, have you never been skiing?

Kent & Beka said...

You did so great! I was totally impressed at your first timer skills~!

Kristina Carter said...

I am afraid of skis but you make it sound easy. Maybe I'll give it a try.

ScottBoomer said...

Dave can ski, he just does it on liqiud H2O rather than solid and he lets a boat pull him.
It's much easier and there aren't as many trees, rocks and bushes to crash into.
Maybe you should come try water skiing this summer.

Hali said...

How fun, I haven't been skiing in 6 years and kind of miss it (except the falling part). Well done on making it down the mountain without killing yourself, I congratulate you!