My First Time Skiing
By. Alisa Robison
Hi Everyone! My name is Alisa, I am the Assistant to the Owner of Skis.com, and I am completely embarrassed to say that I have worked for this company now for 10 1/2 years and I have never skied. During my first two winters with this company I snowboarded (that is what all the hot guys were doing), and I wanted to be a super cool, hardcore snowboard chick. Well, that didn’t work out so well for me. To make a long story short, I hurt myself every time I went snowboarding, and the very last time I went out I hit my head, passed out, threw up, and got a stiff neck. After that, I swore I would NEVER snowboard again!
Well, eight years have passed and I have made a commitment this year to return to the snow. All of my favorite people in my life are either skiers or snowboarders; my boyfriend, my boss, my little sister…and not to mention EVERYONE that I work with. Needless to say, I have been feeling the pressure to get back on the slopes. That is why I decided this time around to take a shot at skiing.
The few weeks prior to my big first day were very exciting for me. I got to pick out my new ski jacket & pants, skis, boots, helmet, goggles, gloves, long underwear, and fleece layering pieces to keep me warm. I figured that I probably would not be the best first time skier but I was going to do what I could to look totally sweet trying. That’s me pictured, whaddya think? Pretty snazzy eh?
After getting all my stuff, I wondered to myself, who is going to teach me to ski? Everyone knows that your spouse is not the best person to teach you something new because it may ultimately end up in disagreement and yelling, whining, and equipment throwing. With that in mind, I decided that one of my personal friends, who also happened to be a ski instructor, would be the lucky guy to teach me.
I couldn’t have picked a better first day, it wasn’t too cold, and there was a fresh coat of new snow on the ground. It appeared that everything was in my favor. I looked totally cool, there is new snow on the ground, I have my own personal instructor, but I was still nervous. “Don’t be nervous, just go out and have fun” my boyfriend said. Yeah, yeah, I know, but I couldn’t help it. I recalled how much snowboarding hurt, I know that I am not athletic; I know I am clumsy, and I am very uncoordinated.
I met my instructor (Mark) at the hill around noon. We immediately went to the smallest bunny hill; yes, the one that all of the really little kids are on. I rode the “magic carpet” to the top and skied myself back down in a straight line and no, I didn’t fall. Next I got to go back up to the top and do what they call (for the little kids) “Pizza & Fries” a.k.a. Wedge & Straight. I totally mastered the pizza & fries on the baby bunny hill, prompting me to yell, “I’m a skier!” Ok, well maybe not quite yet.
After graduating from the magic carpet, I then moved on to the towrope. I’ll be the first admit that the tow rope isn’t easy! Now, I was supposed to start doing wedge turns. Well, I was totally awesome at going right…but not so awesome at going left. I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when you can turn one way but not the other. Every time I would go into my left turn, I would crash and burn…figuratively…I didn’t literally burn.
I then got a second instructor, Andy. Wow! How lucky was I? Two instructors at once! Andy skied backwards in front of me coaching me into each turn, while Mark took pictures and coached from afar. “Stay forward, bend your knees, keep your hands in front, and don’t forget to breathe”, Mark yelled. How in the world did he know that I wasn’t breathing?
By the end of the day, with the help of my two instructors, I had graduated to the chair lift, and finally made two runs in a row without falling! I made it all the way down the hill making my wedge turns and I was so excited!
Looking back now, I can’t believe that I waited 8 years before getting back out on the snow! Skiing was nothing like my painful snowboarding experiences, I didn’t hurt myself at all. I didn’t get cold once because I was dressed properly with all my layering pieces.
If you have been thinking about learning to ski or getting back into the sport there is no better time than now. I had so much fun on my first day, and I can’t wait to go back out again. Also, if you have a story similar to mine, a first-time skiing story you’d like to share, or any comments you would like to share, I would love to hear them. Just leave a comment by clicking on the link at the bottom of this posting.