Sunday, February 26, 2012

Ski Bunny?

Yesterday was fun. Lots of fun!  I celebrated my 32nd birthday by going skiing with The Husband and our friends, Mr. Fix-It and Nacho Nurse. 
Mr. Fix-It and The Husband

Nacho Nurse & Me

It was beautiful outside when we arrived. The sun was shining and there was very little wind.
The ski resort offers a great deal on Fridays and Saturdays.  For $40 you get a lift ticket, equipment rental, and a ski lesson.  A lesson was definitely in order since Nacho Nurse has never been skiing and The Husband and I have only done this once before.  Mr. Fix-It learned to ski years ago in the mountains of Utah and Colorado, but he was a good sport and took the lesson as a refresher since he hasn't been on skis in about 8 years.

We strapped on our rented boots and made our way out to meet our instructor and fellow classmates (2 people from Chicago whose names escape me at the moment).
Our lesson started off with learning what a 'balanced stance' was and then moved on to attaching skis to our feet and learning how to turn. 

After that, we moved on to a tiny incline to test our new skills. 

It's a good thing we got there when we did - because suddenly a busload of 200 people arrived and the group lessons after us had at least 20 people in them!  Once we proved that we had learned the basic moves of turning, moving on flat ground, and sidestepping uphill it was time to take the tow rope to the top of the bunny hill and put our skills to the test by skiing through a course of cones.

Bunny Hill
After a few practice runs and falls (I fell once. Nacho Nurse fell twice. The guys stayed upright) we moved on to the intermediate hill since the bunny hill was super crowded with all the new arrivals.  The intermediate hill was pretty busy too and we had to contend with snowboarders everywhere.

Intermediate Hill
After a few runs on the intermediate hill, our group decided that we were exhausted from our lesson (seriously, I think I sweat less when I run) and turned in our skis before stopping in the chalet for a few drinks.  I had a delicious drink called the Millionaire's Coffee and the others stuck to beer while we watched the more experienced skiers on the big hill.
A double black diamond run called Holy Moly meets up with the intermediate hill
Finally it was time to say goodnight and head home.  I had a great time with The Husband and our friends and can't wait to try skiing again.  Who knows, maybe someday I'll be ready for The Big Hill!


Del said...

Wow what a beautiful place! Lovely pictures, glad you had good weather!

You all did really well, 3 falls between all of you is very impressive, I would have spent more time on my back (nothing new there!) lol

Really glad you had such a good time for your birthday! Hope to see more ski pics this year!

BeringSeaJunkie said...

I'm glad you had a great day! Especially as it was your birthday! Lucky girl you!!

As I said yesterday on Twitter... you're much braver than me!!

The scenery was beautiful, I'd like to sit and watch people skiing, snow boarding whilst drinking that coffee... LOL

Megan said...

I haven't been skiing in years! That looked like a lot of fun!! I used to be okay at it. We would go with the Girl Scouts troup when I was a kid. (Yeah, who'd have thought I was a GS)

Glad you had a good time on your birthday! And that your plans worked out in the end!

April said...

I've always wanted to try skiing. Its not an option here in KY, you have to drive hours away to get to ski country and when we lived in PA my parents thought it was too dangerous. We weren't allowed to play soccer either for the same reason...*rolls eyes*.

Glad you had a great time on our birthday!

Elizabeth said...

I really should try skiing...looks like a great time!