Friday, December 28, 2012
1. It is CRITICAL to bring a ski jacket. Lol, I put on a polar fleece because I was too hot 2 days ago and ended up leaving my ski jacket at home, which I didn't discover until an hour later when I was getting my gear out of the car. Needless to say, I was DESPERATE to ski so I headed into the shop and bought jacket off the clearance rack ($99 dollar stupidity fee). The jacket I got is in the pic above, not bad for the price!
2. No matter what: NO JUMPS or MOGULS on the first day out. I violate this rule every year and always end up paying for it. We were on our 14th run and my husband pointed out that he got "some cool air" on the jump at the top of a run. I immediately followed him and whoo-hoo! caught myself some air. I couldn't wait to get to the top of the hill to do it again. Second time, not so successful. I landed short, tipped forward and crashed onto my head, hyperextending my neck. Needless to say I took a lot of ibuprofen today.
3. Always wear a helmet: See above. Also as an emergency physician I can tell you, brains don't bounce well. Don't even think about skiing without a helmet.
4. Layers count. Today was colder and I wore 3-4 layers. I recommend smart wool as a base, followed by polar fleece and then a fluffy down/gortex layer. Unless you are a snow bunny, no one cares what you look like. Plus, you bounce better in layers!
(Queen of layers, warm and toasty on the inside)
5. No matter how bad the conditions are - it is still better than not skiing. Today it was COLD and the mountain had a cloud sitting on it. I couldn't see 2 feet in front of my face at times. Nothing like skiing through pea soup! But I wouldn't have traded it for anything (except maybe skiing on a sunny day)
6. It's never too late to learn. Some of you are thinking: "but I don't know how to ski or I am too heavy to ski." I learned to ski in 2009 - I was 38 years old and weighed 240 lbs. I had no idea what I was doing and generally I am a clumsy person at baseline. I took a lesson, and you know what I found out - I am graceful on skis...who knew?
7. Skiing burns KILLER CALORIES - want to drop a few lbs, spend 2-3 hours on the slopes and you won't even have to think about it. It almost falls off when I ski.
8. Skiing makes me happy.
This one I can't explain, I just know it is true. I would spend every waking moment of winter skiing if I could. It literally gives me joy.