There’s nothing like a ski vacation! Besides the breathtaking views and the feeling of being in a fairy tale or a painting, for me skiing is going back to childhood, in which snow played an inseparable part every winter.
However, my romance with skiing started off the wrong foot, or to be exact, almost without feet. Over 15 years ago, I arrived to my first ski resort with my then future husband, who is, and was back then, an excellent skier. We stood together on a mountain in front of the snowy view, as I was wondering what am doing here exactly, especially in this clumsy gear. My partner had a great idea about it, though – he decided he’ll be the best guide for me, and started demonstrating; “Put your feet like this, bend forward like that, push off with the sticks and here you gooooo”….! The last word was heard as he was already sliding down the slope. A great guide indeed, he demonstrated until the end, even if he left his student alone at the top :)
And I, stunned, was standing there not having a clue what to do. After a few moments of panic I understood it’s me and the mountain, and I don’t have a choice but to ski down. I imitated my ‘guide’, put my feet ‘like this’ and bent ‘like that’, pushed and….. went straight to a line of trees.
You can only imagine me sliding, or more like falling, at an accelerating speed. Then there were tears, and of course going down the slope on my bottom, while 3 years old kids on the lift were making fun of me from above. Oh, and a big fight with the partner about our collaborative future :)
Some years later I couldn’t hear about skiing no matter what, but this story comes with a happy end after all: today, we’re happily married with two amazing kids (15 and 12), and since they were 3 we taught them how to ski (this time, with real instructors). Every year, we go on a picturesque vacation that, as you can see, makes for incredible photos – good weather, white snow, sun, bright sky and bold ski suits are to thank. We came back from yet another one not so long ago, and here are 3 important notes:
- Family skiing is highly recommended and doesn’t have to be very expensive
- Don’t follow my example from the images and do wear a helmet – it saves lives! And don’t forget sun screen
- If you’re looking for a ‘serious’ ski instructor, talk to me – but take into considerations he can leave you on the slope! :)
I hope you’ll enjoy the images,