The bottom line: I boldly stayed on the green ("Easier") ski run and enjoyed a day of skiing without having to be rescued even once.
The backstory: last week I mentioned here that I would be going skiing again for a day for the first time in more than 15 years. My career as a skier/ski-writer-from-the-klutz-perspective was always colored by the fact that I started off with an experience pretty much akin to falling out of a plane. (see previous post)
And then more recently I received word that my aging bones were not as sturdy as they might be, which also curbed my appetite for skiing for a while.
Monday I was back in the bindings once again, at Beech Mountain near Boone, NC. And it was thrilling. I started in a barely tilted patch of white called The Playyard and re-acquainted myself with wearing skis and getting on and off the rudimentary conveyance referred to as a T-bar. I played there a long time.
My strategy was to build a little confidence before plunging ahead to greater challenges. It's a relatively unusual approach for me. I usually want to careen on to the next thing. For example, I always think that a nice new clean crossword puzzle will be much easier to finish than the pencil-smeared half-done paper in hand.
This time I went slowly from the Playyard to no more than one step up, where by contrast I came off the lift at a speed that felt like flying. But I was not out of control. I was actually skiing. Thrilling, as I said. Even though the slope was Green and easy.
I also fell twice, which felt like an accomplishment, because in the past, after my initial experience, I've usually skied so warily that I almost never fell. Anyway, mission accomplished: wiped out twice and didn't break a thing. Although the second time it took me several minutes and skooching over to a fence post for support to get onto my feet again. A little embarrassing.
I'm very happy with the adventure: a gorgeous day, perfect (machine-made) snow, and just the right level of challenge.
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