Just before this snowy winter comes to a close, I had the opportunity to experience skiing for the first time in my life. I know, hard to believe that someone in her adult life has never gone skiing before, but after a few clumsy accidents as a kid my parents weren’t exactly eager to send me out to the slopes. I decided it was time to give it a try, and here are some of the important things I learned on the mountain.
1. Half of the battle is in your mind
I decided as I took my first trip down the bunny slope that I WAS going to make it to the bottom without falling. By focusing all of my energy and thoughts towards this goal, I was able to balance myself for a smooth trip to the finish. I was thrilled when I made it to the bottom still standing!
2. Everyone has a different skill set
There were five-year-olds doing tricks around me on their snowboards and older people skiing for their first time. It was fun and encouraging seeing people of all ages working towards their personal goals.
3. Get out of your comfort zone
To say I was uncomfortable looking down the mountain for the first time is an understatement. I could have easily stayed on the bunny slopes all day, but really wanted to experience the ski lift and a “big hill.” Making it to the bottom of the hill for the first time was far more exhilarating than just watching from the sides.
4. Ski instructors love their jobs
Passion in a career is evident by the positive energy exuded. Learning from an instructor who truly enjoys his job was an enriching experience. Analogies such as “turn your knee toward your desired direction, as if it is a flashlight”, really helped me understand the basics of skiing without overcomplicating the subject.
5. Everyone falls. Get back up!
One of the most humbling aspects of skiing is that almost everyone falls at some point. The key is to quickly get back up, not only to avoid getting run over, but also to not get discouraged. Each fall taught me that I still have more to learn, but it made me appreciate the successful runs.
It’s safe to say I am looking forward to returning to the mountain next season. Do you have a fond memory of your first time skiing?