TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE
How I Learned to Ski by Myself
You have everything that you need. And when you don’t, someone else will come along with the extra that you need.
Well, that has been my experience with skiing among other things. My first about me post detailed how I got into skiing; but I’d like to talk about the specifics of how I learned to ski by myself. I thought it would be easiest to break this into 5 categories. This is not to say that these categories will work and apply to everyone. Someone else may have an entirely different combo of things that work for them, and I’d be excited to hear about it. But I wanted to share my personal experience with you.
Here’s the list:
- Competitive Spirit
- Ski Lift Conversationalist
- Internet Access
I skied in high school a few times, but that was about it. Skiing wasn’t a big thing in my circle of friends and I didn’t really know anyone that skied. But from the first time that I tried skiing through a youth group at 15, a fire was lit inside that was never extinguished. It was AWESOME. The sliding, the agility, the mountain, being removed from the rest of the world for a bit: it was just so different. I felt that at 15. That passion stuck with me, throughout my 20’s in the handful of times that I skied, but didn’t come to fruition until the big 3-0. Timing was and is everything.
I grew up playing sports all throughout school and am pretty athletic. I was and still am quite competitive with things of an athletic nature. I find it quite inspiring to see others who are better than me, like Wannabe when skiing (p.s. thanks for all the tips along the way). It really adds fuel to my fire, making me want to learn and work harder to get to the next level. I’m not really sure where that competitive spirit came from (being the baby of the family?), but it has pushed me to places that I never thought I would be — in a good way!
“The ski lift is sometimes a live blog of people’s skiing adventures.”
Ski Lift Conversationalist
I don’t see myself as a super outgoing and talkative person, unless it’s about a topic that I’m really interested in. Skiing anyone? So what better time to strike up a conversation than with people on a ski lift? Ok ok, I know, some of you out there are like “NO WAY, that’s my chill time,” and I get that. So if I try to strike up a conversation with you on the lift and I catch your snowdrift, I’ll take a hint and watch the trees instead and leave you in your chill zone :).
But, I can’t tell you how many great conversations I’ve had with people on the ski lift that have turned into awesome advice, great skiing tips, and even skiing a few runs with me to help me learn and turn better. It was like free ski lessons! Once I told people that it was my first year skiing, they were super snowk’d and really seemed to want to help me so I could enjoy the mountain as much as them. I found that a lot of people really liked talking about their ski stories, too, and were eager to share their adventures. The ski lift is sometimes like a live blog of people’s skiing adventures. Or…the start of free ski lessons!
Now this really gets to the timing part. You can learn a lot from YouTube and I searched hard to find videos on how to ski. I can’t really remember how my search started — maybe with key words such as “turning on skis” or “stopping on skis,” but I came across an amazing YouTube channel of of ski training videos called Ski School by Elate Media. They have a great program set up that is broken into levels for beginners, intermediate skiiers, and advanced gurus. The evening before I was going skiing, I’d study a few videos on my iPad. I’d try to understand the technique, then take that on the mountain with me the next day to practice. I can’t say thanks enough to Elate Media on how those videos have helped me — but thanks again!
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven.” (Ecc 3:1)
This one is a little difficult because you can’t control time. You can try to plan, schedule, and keep a great calendar, but experience shows us how many things are out of our control. If I would have started skiing seriously 10 years earlier, maybe I wouldn’t have been so excited to go on a ski trip with the Snowchasers and it would have never happened. If I never met the Snowchasers, we wouldn’t have this blog, you know you’d miss it ;). 10 years ago, the Ski School videos wouldn’t have been around on YouTube. Things get delayed for good reasons sometimes, seemingly bad reasons (at the time) for others, and a lot of times for unknown reasons that can sometimes drive us crazy. I make it a point to accept the unknown, all the while knowing that all is working out for my good. And good is my relationship with skiing now, and I couldn’t be happier.
Looking back on this experience, there was no way I could have learned to ski by myself. There were so many people involved and I couldn’t thank them enough for helping me along this journey. So here is my thank you post to you all for being there when I needed you! I don’t know about you, but I plan on skiing until my time runs out, see you on the mountain!