Afternoon technical session with Kevin the instructor. It’s been snowing all night and day and the powder is thigh high.  We are standing at the top of the steep black from yesterday, and this time, Kevin thinks we should tackle the deep stuff off the piste to one side.

I stood rooted with fear and told Kevin I didn’t think I had the technical skill to take that leap.  Oh, says Kevin, gather round class, this is a problem you will all face with your clients – psychological fear!

So he took me back onto the piste (now for me ‘only’ a steep black) and took me down the first section one turn at a time and explained carefully what I should be concentrating on at each turn – finishing the turn, keeping my weight forwards, and pulling my skis back under me if they got ahead.

Me skiing powder in Whistler. Action shot or not, I now have the skill to tell that I almost certainly fell over during the next turn LOL!

By halfway down the run, I was happy to join the others and tackle the rest of the descent after a fashion.

By halfway down the next run, I was skiing happily with a smile on my face, turning through deep powder and loving it!

By the end of the afternoon, I was dancing in the après ski bar, grinning from ear to ear, and high on endorphins.

What a fantastic day, what a fantastic sport, and what a fantastic way to spend the winter!!!



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  1. Comment by Ruth Mackie:

    Delighted – you’re back on track! Knew you would be. ‘Only’ a steep black… I think I’ll have nightmares about that tonight 🙂

  2. Comment by Mavis Sleat:

    Loving all your posts.
    Do take care though.
    Patrick’s Just Giving site is going well and I am so pleased for him, and the more comments we make to you means you have to donate more!!! So keep it up everyone!
    Love Mum x