Who needs two skis anyway?

Our current instructor Kevin has a sadistic gene, and a fixation with activities based on incomplete and missing faculties and/or equipment. This week, I’m sure he also broke a world record for the longest time spent on one blue run without needing a chairlift – two hours and twenty minutes. In fact we only escaped onto the chair because it was about to close for the night, stranding us in the wrong mountain valley.

That day we spent the whole afternoon learning to skate on skis.  The most humiliating aspect of this was that as the only member of the group with some previous experience of skating, gained over the last twenty years, I was also the only member of the group that kept falling over, giving Kevin an opportunity to demonstrate several methods of picking up fallen clients.  Come to think of it, I do spend a lot of time in the ice rink falling over too, hahaha.

We skated on the outside edge of our one ski with our eyes closed, thus losing a leg and our eyes for that exercise.

Today, we left our poles at home, and skied without this reassuring equipment. It did mean that the previous session on skating on skis came in useful for the flat bits of the mountain, as we had no other means of forward propulsion!

Again, Kev’s various exercises required us to close our eyes, ski fast carved turns with our arms behind our backs, ski on one leg and venture into the bumps and off piste without our poles to plant and turn round.  Of course it’s all psychological, and made for an interesting day. In fact, I’m sure we skied better a lot of the time without the distraction of those waving poles.

At the end of the day, we were given back our poles to ski home, but a thick mist had descended, and we were skiing blind again.

Tomorrow I’m finishing the week with my shadowing classes, six year olds who just keep falling on top of each other and require disentangling before lifting them back up, and a group of chatty women who are planning a daughter’s wedding while they should be listening to the bemused instructor.  It’s all in a day’s work!

Scottish and Irish friends arrive this weekend and next, I’m looking forward to seeing you all.

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  1. Comment by Ann Kyle:

    When I saw the title of this post I thought oh no – more injuries or maybe a new ski is lost ! It was a relief to read it and find that you have survived and still have both skis. !!