Learning New Skiing Skills?
Learning new skills at any age is what I strive for; or so I thought. When my son told me that he would like to buy a day’s pass for me to cross country ski with their family, I was fraught. I knew I would have to learn all over again. It has been 30 years at least since I was on cross country skis. I hesitated. Was I really up for the challenge? It would take so much effort.
Try New Adventures
Realizing if I said no it would make me feel old; I said yes. I reminded myself that trying out new adventures keeps the body young and the mind healthy. Our scheduled day at Stake Lake, https://www.overlanderskiclub.com/ turned out to be beautiful weather; cold, crisp, sunny with incredible blue skies. Half-way through the lesson I thought I was going to cry. Why did I say yes to re-learning this skill? I couldn’t learn to snowplow and going down a little hill made me want to vomit. After a one-hour lesson, feeling intimidated and sweaty I wondered why anyone would choose this over walking.
I said goodbye to the ski instructor and headed towards the lodge to remove my gear. Down I went! My first actual fall. It wasn’t too bad of an experience as my instructor had taught me how to get up should I happen to fall. I rolled back onto my skis while two middle-aged women watched with fascination. They asked me to teach them that maneuver. For some reason they had not acquired that skill. As I continued to ski towards the lodge I realized that I was gliding! I decided to take a couple of more minutes trying out my new skill on a different trail. It was like I had turned the corner( just a little bit).
As my grandson hailed me down and we glided off together; I felt young and exhilarated!
Karen Moilliet–January 27, 2021